Burns and Roe was founded in 1932 with the goal of providing quality design and engineering services for large utilities such as power plants. The company grew into a full-service operation, offering construction and maintenance services to a wide variety of industries, including the U.S. military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Although Burns and Roe did not manufacture asbestos products, the company has admitted that: “Like many other companies in its industry and other industries, Burns and Roe engineered and constructed facilities that, in accordance with government and client guidelines and then-existing industry standards, used asbestos-containing material.”
Asbestos is a carcinogen that causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other serious diseases. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and many workers at Burns and Roe job sites across New York have been diagnosed with life-threatening respiratory illnesses after inhaling the deadly fibers.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized mesothelioma attorneys fight for the rights of workers and families who have been harmed because large asbestos companies failed to warn them of the danger of asbestos. Our top-rated law firm has recovered almost $1 billion for deserving clients and their families, and we stand ready to fight for you now.
The Burns and Roe Personal Injury Settlement Trust was established in 2009 to compensate asbestos victims and their families. Our attorneys have extensive experience navigating the complex process of filing claims against asbestos trusts. We know what it takes to build a successful claim, and our team does all the legwork so our clients can focus on their health.
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Were You Exposed to Asbestos at a Burns and Roe Job Site?
Burns and Roe has admitted that the company routinely used asbestos-containing materials at its job sites across New York and throughout the United States. Workers may have been exposed to asbestos while building, maintaining, repairing, removing, or demolishing structures or equipment.
The Burns and Roe Personal Injury Settlement Trust has identified more than 50 New York locations where the company used asbestos products:
|Grumman Aerospace Corp.||Bethpage|
|ANSCO – Boiler House||Binghamton|
|Brookhaven National Laboratory||Brookhaven|
|Indian Point Nuclear Plant||Buchanan|
|Charles R. Huntley Power Station||Buffalo|
|Union Carbide Corp.||Buffalo|
|Prototype Portable Gas Turbine Power Plant||Coxsachie|
|Republic Airport Transportation Center||East Farmingdale|
|Shoreham Nuclear Power Station||East Shoreham|
|Long Island Lighting||Far Rockawat|
|Fairchild Republic Co.||Farmingdale|
|Republic Aviation Corp.||Farmingdale|
|Village of Freeport Municipal Power Plant||Freeport|
|Oswego Falls Corp.||Fulton|
|Glenwood Power Station||Glenwood Landing|
|Sperry Division, Sperry Rand Corp.||Great Neck|
|Carlson Generating Station||Jamestown|
|Michelin Tire Corp.||Lake Success|
|58th Street Generating Station||New York|
|95 Wall St. Realty Co.||New York|
|Astoria Station – Consolidated Edison||New York|
|Columbia University – High Beta Fusion Research Lab||New York|
|Manhattan College Power System||New York|
|New York Naval Shipyard||New York|
|Raybesot Manhattan||New York|
|Ruppert Brewery||New York|
|Washburn Wire Co.||New York|
|Waterside Generating Station||New York|
|Whitman Ingersoll Houses – Boiler Plant||New York|
|Woolworth Building – Steam Generation Plant||New York|
|Parkchester Housing Complex||New York|
|Stewart Air Force Base||Newburgh|
|Onondaga County Resources Recovery Plant||North Syracuse|
|Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.||Nyack|
|Oswego Steam Station||Oswego|
|Pert Jervis – Municipal Electric||Port Jervis|
|Vassar College Biological Sciences Building||Poughkeepsie|
|Vassar College Steam Plant||Poughkeepsie|
|JFK International Airport – Pan American World Airways Inc. Maintenance Facilities||Queens|
|Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp – Dannskammer #1||Roseton|
|Roseton Generating Steam||Roseton|
|NY State Urban Devel. Corp. – Cogeneration Plant||S. Bronx|
|General Electric Co. – Knolls Atomic Power Lab||Schenectady|
|Union College Heating Plant||Schenectady|
|Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.||Spring Valley|
|Howland Hook Containerport||Staten Island|
|Hancock Air Force Base||Syracuse|
|Hudson/Tompkins Cove Plant – Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc.||Tomkins Cove|
|Lovett Station – Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc.||Tomkins Cove|
|Cluett Peabody Co.||Troy|
|Mitchel Air Force Base||Uniondale|
Burns and Roe may also have used asbestos materials at additional sites that are not on the trust’s list. If you or a loved one worked for Burns and Roe and have now been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, you need to learn about your legal rights to compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
History of Burns and Roe
Headquartered in Oradell, New Jersey, Burns and Roe was founded in 1932 by Ralph C. Roe, Allan E. Burns, C.E. Lakin, and J.P. Mailler, who had all lost their jobs at the Electric Management and Engineering Company (EMEC). The engineering and design firm struggled in its first few months, and Lakin and Mailler soon left.
The company steadied itself over the next three years, adding income and clients. However, in 1935, Allan Burns took a job with the Utility Management Corporation, leaving Ralph Roe to run the company on his own.
In 1936, the company earned a major contract when the Lansing Board of Water and Electric Light Commission chose it to design a 25,000-kilowatt power plant. The company’s design won many accolades and attracted more business. By the end of the decade, Burns and Roe listed Consolidated Edison and Jacob E. Decker and Sons as clients.
During the 1940s, the company earned a reputation for designing, engineering, and building state-of-the-art power plants. It also branched out into aircraft engineering projects, paving the way for aviation and aeronautical projects in the future.
In the 1950s, the company expanded into government projects, including designing missile defense systems and missile installations. Over the next three decades, it also got involved in nuclear power plant projects, desalination plants, defense and aerospace projects, and the waste disposal industry. This growth led the company to also expand its operations to overseas.
Although the company continued to diversify and focus on high-tech innovations, its history of using asbestos materials at job sites came back to haunt it. Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other illnesses began filing personal injury claims against the company. It settled more than 2,000 asbestos claims before declaring that its Burns and Roe Enterprises subsidiary would file for bankruptcy in December 2000.
The Burns and Roe Personal Injury Settlement Trust was created in 2009 as part of the bankruptcy reorganization plan. The trust was established to compensate current and future workers who were exposed to asbestos at Burns and Roe job sites and have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other diseases.
Get the Legal Help You Need
Do not wait to seek legal advice if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos disease. You have a limited amount of time to file an asbestos claim, so it is important to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
Schedule a free consultation with the highly respected attorneys at Belluck & Fox today. Our legal team can review your medical records, discuss your work history, and explain the claims process so you know what to expect as we move forward. Call or visit our New York office today.
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