The Westover Power Station is situated near the Susquehanna River, in Johnson City, NY. The plant is only 3 miles from downtown Binghamton, the capitol of Broome County, and is also very close to the Pennsylvania border. Johnson City, along with Binghamton, and Endicott, form the Southern Tier’s Triple Cities. The area was an economic powerhouse before, during, and after World War II. Industrial giants, like IBM called the Triple Cities their home.

Westover was conceived as a coal-fired 119 megawatt power generating station. At 119 megawatts, Westover was smaller than other upstate plants. In addition to Westover’s power generating capability, the facility also served as an electric substation. Westover was operated by New York State Electric & Gas (“NYSEG”). Westover is also known Goudney. This alternative name is a nod to a former NYSEG executive. After years of providing the Southern Tier with electricity, Westover was retired in 2011. The plant was dormant for several years, before being converted to natural gas. Today, the reopened Westover is delivering power once again, but at a fraction of its former capacity.

Size notwithstanding, the facility is a major source of asbestos exposure for the Southern Tier’s catastrophically injured powerhouse workers. Powerhouse workers and contractors at plants like Westover are at a greatly increased risk of contracting life threatening diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Hardworking Southern Tier residents were unwittingly exposed to carcinogenic asbestos dust, as they supported their families by delivering crucial electricity to the Triple Cities, and beyond. Nearly every piece of equipment inside Westover contained asbestos. In fact, the plant simply could not have operated without the use of asbestos-containing components. Shockingly, the corporations responsible for exposing thousands of powerhouse workers to asbestos, failed to provide them with any warning about the inherent dangers, despite being fully aware of the risks.

Many people do not realize that the hazards of asbestos were published in medical journals starting in at least the late 1800s and early 1900s. By 1930, it was well-established in the published medical literature that asbestos could cause death. And the steps needed to reduce worker exposures to asbestos were also published in the literature in the 1930s. In the face of this available knowledge, Levy Konigsberg has consistently recognized that companies that made or sold asbestos-containing products and failed to adequately warn demonstrated a reckless disregard for the well-being of dedicated and skilled workers. This recognition has driven the firm to achieve record-setting jury awards for powerhouse workers suffering from the ravages of mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Levy Konigsberg is committed to helping asbestos victims throughout Western New York, the Southern Tier and throughout New York State. Several of Levy Konigsberg’s high profile trial attorneys were raised in Upstate New York. Levy Konigsberg’s attorneys combine their specialized knowledge of Upstate New York, with the proven, big city ability to hold powerful corporations accountable in the courtroom. When mesothelioma, or lung cancer strikes, you need a firm that is not afraid to bring your case to trial if necessary. If you or a loved was diagnosed with mesothelioma, or lung cancer, after working at Westover, call Levy Konigsberg today.


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