In 1915, Willis Carrier, established Carrier Corporation to distribute the first air conditioning equipment. Maintaining its headquarters in Syracuse, New York, since the 1930s, the company ran several large plants that manufactured air conditioning equipment in the area during the 20th century.
Carrier Corporation retained 7,000 workers at the company’s Syracuse locations at the height of the company’s operation. Since then, Carrier Corporation has closed many of these plans. As of 2022, Syracuse is still a central part of Carrier’s business. Unfortunately, over the years, many workers at Carrier Corporation were exposed to asbestos-containing products and are at an elevated risk of contracting asbestos-related illnesses.The History of Carrier Corporation
In 1902, Willis Carrier finished work on the first air conditioning system. Carrier began his company a little over a decade later. Carrier Corporation was first headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut.
The product was hailed as an innovation by many and resulted in substantial changes in people’s activity during warmer months. The product also helped to establish housing markets that were once viewed as too hot for large housing communities.
As of 2022, Carrier Corporation is one of the biggest producers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.Carrier Corporation and Asbestos Usage
Carrier Corporation owned many buildings in Syracuse, which includes plants situated in East Syracuse and Dewitt. Asbestos was primarily used in equipment located throughout these plants.
Various Carrier plants were constructed along Thompson Road and dubbed the TR buildings. TR 1 was tasked with manufacturing large chillers designed to be used in skyscrapers as well as other large structures, while TR2 constructed replacement parts for Carrier equipment. TR 3 produced smaller compressors for the company.
Workers at these and other plants owned by Carrier Corporation were exposed to asbestos. Boilers and gaskets at Carrier plants are known to have contained asbestos. Machinery and assembly areas at the plants were another spot where asbestos was commonly found.Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits and Carrier Corporation
Carrier Corporation has been involved in various lawsuits involving asbestos exposure. Some of the lawsuits in which the company has been involved include:
- In 2017, a man’s surviving heirs initiated legal action against various manufacturers claiming negligence. The plaintiffs claim that at various times during the man’s life, he was exposed to asbestos fibers from various products, which led to him developing mesothelioma. The man passed away from the disease in 2015. Armstrong was just one of several companies held liable because the defendants are alleged to have negligently placed asbestos in their products when adequate substitutes existed. The couple also failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions about the dangers of working either with or around asbestos-containing products. Compensation was ultimately received by the late man’s surviving loved ones.
If you or a loved one was exposed to products manufactured by Carrier Corporation that contain asbestos and have since been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, remember that you have the right to pursue compensation. Contact the Throneberry Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation.