Asbestos is known to be naturally-occurring in many parts of the United States, but exposure is prevalent in some places more than others. One city in New York has a history of asbestos-related activity, and as result, residents are at risk for mesothelioma diagnoses today.
North Tonawanda has been known for its past lumber, manufacturing, and construction industries. Unfortunately, asbestos use was all too common within occupations associated with these industries. Workers in these trades were likely to have been exposed to the substance while on the job.
There are several North Tonawanda jobsites where individuals are known to have been exposed in the past.
American District Steam Company
AP Green Refractories
Degraff Memorial Hospital
Donner Steel Company
Durez Plastic and Chemicals
International Paper Company
Since the latency period of an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma can be up to seventy years, retired workers might begin exhibiting symptoms today. If you worked at one of the North Tonawanda jobsites listed above, alert your doctor to the possibility of a mesothelioma diagnosis in your lifetime. This will help them correctly diagnose symptoms as they appear.
Many workers who were exposed to asbestos before strict rules and regulations were put in place have been compensation by their employers for losses, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Source: Niagara Falls Reporter