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Worthington Pump’s Buffalo plant began in 1889 as the Snow Pump Works. In 1899, the plant merged with the International Steam Pump Company. In 1902, the Holly Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of the International Steam Pump Company, relocated and became known as the Snow-Holly Works, which produced steam pumping engines for the Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station. In 1916, the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation was formed. The company founded plants throughout the United States and produced compressors, pumps, and engines at its Buffalo Plant.
The Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation plant was on Roberts Avenue and had twenty-seven acres of land. A foundry, welding shop, and pattern shop rested on the plant. There were also buildings that had the machinery necessary to produce pumps, diesel engines, and compressors.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Worthington Pump are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Before the 1970s, asbestos insulating cement, pipe covering, and block insulation were used at the Buffalo plant. Asbestos gaskets and packing material were also incorporated into pumps and compressors. The gaskets created a tight seal between pumps, valves, and flanges. Asbestos packing material coated pump shafts and valve stems. Packing material and gaskets were frequently replaced, a process that caused asbestos dust to be emitted into the air and inhaled by laborers. Asbestos pipe covering, block insulation, and insulating cement coated pipes, valves, pumps, and boilers.
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 Worthington Pump.
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.