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ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AT BOWLINE POWERHOUSE, HAVERSTRAW, NY

Located in Haverstraw, New York, the Bowline power station has generated power for Rockland County and surrounding areas for several decades. The site is spread across 150 acres, and for decades, has been operated and maintained by employees and various skilled union workers. Once owned and operated by ConEdison, Bowline is now owned by NRG Energy. Over the years, several construction and energy projects have expanded the operations at Bowline. The vast size of the powerhouse, and the technical equipment installed within, has required highly trained independent contractors of different skill to keep the generating stations operating.

Operations at the Bowline powerhouse are extensive. The power station boasts an active pipeline, blending site, waste treatment processor, oil tank farm, transition lines, switchyard and staff buildings. Additionally, the Bowline power station houses large generator stations, boilers, storage systems for fuel and chemicals, and an emissions unit. Complex systems, including self-operating transmission systems, towers, electrical lines, substations and power-supplying barges are also maintained. Maintaining these components of the power station required 24-hour shifts, comprising monitoring, maintenance and repair.

Individuals who performed work at power stations like Bowline were regularly exposed to asbestos. Products that supported operations, like boilers, valves, pumps, generators, and furnaces were insulated with asbestos. Many of the pipes carrying hot fuel were insulated with asbestos-containing pipe covering. Also, much of this equipment contained asbestos components like gaskets and packing, which required regular maintenance so the equipment would function properly. Additionally, in places like the Bowline powerhouse, power equipment like transformers, wire and cable, turbines, arc chute, circuits, and electrical components, required maintenance and repair. Much of this equipment was also externally insulated, and contained internal asbestos components.

Tradesmen like electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, carpenters and metal workers regularly performed work at Bowline. Work performed at the Bowline powerhouse routinely exposed these tradesmen to high amounts of asbestos dust. Litigation concerning the Bowline powerhouse has established that not only did Bowline purchase and install various asbestos-containing materials, but independent contractors were also instructed to install additional asbestos products. At times, several different trades worked amongst each other, exposing each other to additional incidents of asbestos exposure. And when performing work, neither employees nor independent contractors were cautioned, or provided respirators to prevent asbestos exposure.

Many of the companies whose products were installed and used at the Bowline powerhouse were aware of the dangers created by exposure to asbestos dust. While the medical field had established a link between cancer and exposure to asbestos, these companies continued to sell asbestos-containing products without a warning label. Individuals, like the tradesmen who performed work at the Bowline power station were never warned that the products they were working with, which created vast amounts of dust, were harmful to their health.

Levy Konigsberg has successfully represented numerous individuals who have suffered asbestos exposure at the Bowline powerhouse. For decades, we have worked tirelessly to identify and hold accountable the companies that marketed and sold asbestos-containing products to these powerhouses.

If you or a loved one worked at the Bowline powerhouse and have developed an asbestos-related disease, call today for a free consultation.

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