Consolidated Edison Company of New York Asbestos Litigation & Lawsuits
Consolidated Edison (Con Ed or Con Edison) currently distributes natural gas to more than a million customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester County. It also provides electric power to more than 3 million customers and steam to New York City. The company has the world’s largest system of underground cables (extending 94,000 miles) in addition to 36,000 miles of overhead wires. Its headquarters are in Manhattan.
Asbestos Exposure at Con Edison
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Consolidated Edison built its energy empire at a time when asbestos was used heavily by the utilities industry. Until the early 1970s, Con Ed workers were not required to wear protective gear or warned of the potential dangers of asbestos exposure.
As a result, many workers were exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. A 1990 screening of more than 500 Con Edison workers found that 20 percent had scarred lungs or mesothelioma.
Asbestos-containing materials were used on various types of equipment at Consolidated Edison’s New York powerhouses, including boilers, turbines, pipes, pumps, heaters, coolers, air compressors, blowers, and fans. Plant workers were possibly exposed to asbestos when they installed, inspected, maintained, repaired, removed, or replaced asbestos-containing equipment.
Because mesothelioma has a latency period of 15 to 60 years, workers who were exposed to asbestos decades ago may only now begin to show signs of illness. At Belluck & Fox, our experienced New York mesothelioma attorneys know exactly where asbestos was used at Consolidated Edison plants, how workers were exposed to asbestos, and which companies supplied the asbestos to Con Edison. We will use this knowledge and our decades of legal experience to fight for the rights of you and your family.
Have you been diagnosed with an asbestos disease after working in a power plant?