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Asbestos Exposures at PSE&G Linden Generating Station – Linden, New Jersey

Today, Linden, NJ is the site of PSE&G’s ultra-modern power generating station. The facility it replaced was smaller, dirtier, and less efficient. In 1957, PSE&G opened a 436 megawatt generating station in Linden, NJ. The plant was powered by three high-makeup boilers, manufactured by Babcock & Wilcox. These boilers burned heavy fuel oil, and provided steam to turbines and generators, manufactured by General Electric. In addition to generating electricity, Linden was also a pioneer of the mass-scale cogeneration process. By using thermal by-products from the power generation process, Linden delivered industrial process steam to Exxon’s Bayway refinery.

General Electric and Babcock & Wilcox were both manufacturers of asbestos-containing equipment. For years, these companies were aware of the dangers associated with the use of asbestos-containing products. Instead of providing powerhouse workers with protections or warnings, these companies failed to adequately warn, while untold numbers of powerhouse workers were silently exposed to deadly asbestos fibers. PSE&G also knew about the dangers of asbestos but failed to fully protect workers and their family members during certain decades.

Asbestos is unique for its ability to withstand incredibly high temperatures. Therefore, powerhouses were particularly well-suited for the use of asbestos-containing products. The intense heat required for power generation, necessitated the prolific use of thermal insulation for steam pipes, boilers, pumps, generators, compressors, gaskets, packing, lagging, and turbines. During the years the first Linden plant was operational, these materials invariably contained asbestos. Powerhouse workers, including operators, welders, laborers, maintenance personnel, sheet metal workers, steamfitters, electricians, and boilermakers, were all exposed to massive quantities of asbestos, in powerhouses, such as Linden. The heavy exposure was compounded by the fact that powerhouse workers typically work long hours, leaving them vulnerable throughout their shifts.

Even though Linden has been supplanted by a cleaner, modern facility, the workers who labored at the original plant, as well as many family members of those workers, remain at an elevated risk of developing asbestos-related malignancies, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. This is because asbestos-related diseases have long latency periods—typically taking many years before manifesting. Mesothelioma is only caused by asbestos exposure. Sadly, the disease is aggressive and incurable.

Holding large companies liable in the courtroom, requires unique knowledge of law, science, medicine, and industry. Levy Konigsberg has proven itself time and again. For decades, Levy Konigsberg has been at the epicenter of asbestos litigation in New Jersey. Many of the firm’s partners and associates are admitted to practice law in New Jersey. In addition to its Manhattan headquarters, the firm has an office location in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Levy Konigsberg is well-versed in representing powerhouse workers, and the families of those who were ravaged by asbestos-related injuries. The firm has also obtained landmark verdicts in cases in which family members have developed asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma from household contact with asbestos including laundering contaiminated worker clothing. The firm has obtained the largest jury awards ever recorded in New Jersey. The firm has also successfully defended several of its record-shattering verdicts in New Jersey’s appellate courts. Levy Konigsberg won a ground-breaking verdict for the wife of a man who worked at Exxon’s Bayway refinery, in Linden, NJ.

If you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or lung cancer, after working at PSE&G’s Linden generating station, call Levy Konigsberg today for a free consultation.

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