Sampson Air Force Base
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In 1951, Sampson Air Force Base was created on the site of an old naval training station near Romulus, New York. The base took up over 2,600 acres, was adjacent to Seneca Lake, and had hundreds of buildings on its site. These buildings included barracks, mess halls, medical facilities, drill halls, chapels, aviation support, and administrative offices. The base was used for training United States Air Force recruits for the Korean War. 300,000 airmen received their training at the base.
In 1956, Sampson Air Force Base stopped operating due to a decrease in military budget at the tail end of the Korean War. In 1957, the air force base was taken over by the United States Army. In 1960, the Sampson Air Force base was bought by the State of New York. Most of the buildings at the base were taken down. In 1964, Sampson State Park was established on the site of the former Air Force Base.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Sampson Air Force Base are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Before the 1970s, asbestos materials were used to maintain and repair equipment at the base. Steam boilers heated the Sampson Air Force Base buildings, and the pipes and valves that were connected to the boilers were insulated with asbestos pipe covering, block insulation, and insulating cement. Air Force personnel and contractors frequently made repairs on the heating system, replacing old asbestos insulation with new asbestos insulation. Working on the asbestos-insulated heating systems caused asbestos fibers to be emitted into the air and inhaled by laborers.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers can also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Sampson Air Force Base.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.