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Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) is a company that provides over one million people in New York state alone with natural gas. The company also provides customers worldwide with electric power. The company’s system of cables is the world’s biggest, extending almost 100,000 miles underground and more than 35,000 miles overhead. Con Ed’s headquarters are currently in Manhattan.
Con Ed constructed its business during an era when asbestos was utilized widely by companies that provided utilities. During the 1970s, workers at Con Ed were not required to wear safety gear. Workers also received no warning about the potential hazards of being exposed to asbestos. Consequently, countless workers came in contact with asbestos and ended up developing mesothelioma as well as other associated diseases. One screening conducted in 1990 revealed that among 500 workers at the company, around a fifth were diagnosed with either lung scarring or mesothelioma.
Products containing asbestos were placed in various kinds of equipment at Con Ed including boilers, pipes, turbines, heaters, pumps, air compressors, blowers, and fans. Workers at plants came into contact with asbestos after they inspected, repaired, maintained, removed, or in any other way disturbed equipment that contained asbestos.
Because there is almost always a ten-year or longer gap between a person’s asbestos exposure and their mesothelioma diagnosis, people who came into contact with asbestos may just recently be showing the signs of the disease.The History of Asbestos Usage and Con Edison
Con Ed started life as the New York Gas Light Company. Following its creation in the 1820s, CE focused on placing lighting that utilized gas and was positioned on the street. Before gas lights, street lighting was supplied through whale oil lamps.
Eventually, the gas pipe business became a fiercely competitive one with various companies competing to do business in the city including Harlem Gas Light Company, Metropolitan Gas Light Company, and Municipal Gas Light Company. This created a situation where one company would demolish the streets, extract a competitor’s mains, and build its own. During this time, there were even fights between workers.
Eventually, the competitors came to an agreement about gas prices which ended the disputes. In 1884, the six gas companies combined to create Con Ed.
Another dispute began, though, and the next one concerned competing technology. In 1879, Thomas Edison introduced a new incandescent lightbulb. The light became preferred to the older gas lamp and gas companies began to shift their activities to promote the use of gas for activities like cooking and heating.
Noticing the value of diversifying its power portfolio, Con Ed started to purchase companies that offered electricity and gas. One electric company was Edison Electric. During the 1920s, Con Ed increased distribution of alternating current and constructed a more than 300,000 volt underground transmission line.
Con Ed continued purchasing utilities companies that served various locations in the United States. In the 1930s, the company changed its name.Contact an Experienced Asbestos Exposure Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another associated illness, you have a right to pursue compensation. To discover more, you should consider contacting an experienced attorney. Reach out to the Throneberry Law Group today to schedule a case evaluation free of cost.