Asbestos Use in Binghamton, NY

Asbestos Exposure in Binghamton, New York

The City of Binghamton is the county seat for Broome County New York. Binghamton is located in a bowl-shaped valley on the south-central border of New  York State at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.

The city has a population of close to 50,000. Binghamton is part of the Triple Cities area made up of Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott. During the cold war, Binghamton industries flourished with the expansion of local defense industrial companies.

In the nineteenth century, Binghamton became a transportation and manufacturing center as a result of the massive expansion of the rail system in the eastern United States. Manufacturing industries brought economic prosperity to the city well into the mid-twentieth century.

With the railroad established in the eastern United States beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Binghamton became a transportation and manufacturing center in south-central New York. Furniture and wagon businesses opened up. The area quickly became second only to New York City in the manufacture of cigars. During the late 1890′s, nearly 50 cigar-making factories were in operation in Binghamton.

The Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corporation became a huge employer in Binghamton in the 1940′s with the production of over 52 million pairs of shoes each year. In the ’20′s, Thomas Watson, Sr. opened what is now IBM, in the nearby town of Endicott. IBM’s main facilities were in the Binghamton area for decades and employed thousands of people.

AUSCO Film and many aviation and defense companies were based in Binghamton, including Singer Link Flight Simulation. Today, Binghamton is home to first-class university SUNY-Binghamton which started years ago as Harpur College.

In the Binghamton area, workers who worked in the area’s factories were likely exposed to asbestos-containing products for many years. Construction workers and contractors who built the buildings and university campus were also exposed to asbestos building products.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

danger of asbestos exposureNew York is among the states with the highest number of deaths from mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. In the state of New York, nearly 4,000 deaths caused by asbestos exposure have occurred since 1979.

Companies that supplied asbestos products did not provide adequate safety warnings to warn the workers of the health risks associated with asbestos