Asbestos Exposure at Carrier Corporation
In 1902, Willis Carrier completed work on the first modern air conditioning system. He began his company just over a decade later, in 1915, headquartered in Farmington, CT. Through the company’s strong manufacturing base, Carrier brought their technology to the masses, paving the way for development in areas previously thought to have weather too harsh to be developed. Today, they are amongst the largest producers of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in the world, with most of their manufacturing process moved to Asia.
From the time of the Great Depression until the early 2000s, the Carrier Corporation had strong connections to the Syracuse, NY area. The company maintained several large manufacturing plants in the area, at one time employing upwards of 7,000 people at its East Syracuse plant. While this provided good jobs to local workers, it sadly also exposed these workers to the high levels of asbestos that were used throughout the factory. As with many manufacturing sites, prior to the 1980s, the East Syracuse Carrier Corporation job site used a great deal of asbestos equipment and insulation, which resulted in workers developing the deadly cancer mesothelioma. These workers were never informed of the dangers of asbestos, nor provided with training or equipment to protect them from asbestos.
Belluck & Fox has represented former employees of Carrier’s Syracuse plant who were diagnosed with mesothelioma as a direct result of asbestos exposure on the job. The victims won significant settlements for their pain and suffering, and the companies who exposed workers at Carrier’s Syracuse site to asbestos were held accountable for their negligence.
We are very familiar with job site, including the companies that sold the asbestos-containing products to Carrier. Our team knows the layout of the facilities and how workers were exposed to asbestos at this site. Clients we have represented from the Carrier Syracuse plant included:
- Maintenance mechanics