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Asbestos Exposure in Dorchester, MA

Dorchester, often referred to by residents as "Dot", is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Dorchester was incorporated as a town in 1630, and was gradually annexed by Boston beginning in 1804. In 1870, annexation was complete and Dorchester ceased to be a separate municipality. Dorchester is bounded by Dorchester Bay to the east, and encircled by the Boston neighborhoods of South Boston, Roxbury and Mattapan to the west. Route 93 and Dorchester Avenue run through the center of Dorchester, linking South Boston to the towns of Milton and Quincy to the south. Dorchester today is a largely working-class, ethnically diverse neighborhood, convenient to the city and to recreational facilities such as Blue Hills Ski Area.

Dorchester began as a largely rural community, with agriculture, shad fishing, grist mills and shipbuilding as the primary industries. Using the Neponset River for both water power and transport allowed Dorchester to develop commercially as well. The Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, a division of Walter Baker & Company, opened the first American chocolate factory in 1765. Located in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, the factory produced chocolate for baking and beverages until 1965. Local quarries provided native "Roxbury puddingstone" for buildings, especially churches. In the 1850's, Roswell Gleason established the first silver-plating company in the nation. Other products of 19th-century Dorchester include cotton textiles, boots and shoes, hats, leather, soap, tin wares, and paper. The introduction of streetcars allowed easy commuting into Boston proper, and Dorchester became more of a bedroom community towards the end of the century, but new businesses continued to establish themselves. Companies such as Dorchester Pottery and Mason Regulator Company continued well into the 20th century. More recent arrivals include Carney Hospital (1953), The Boston Globe (1958), and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1979. Dorchester's economy was heavily affected by unemployment, recession and demographic changes in the 1960's and 1970's, resulting in industrial and neighborhood decline. A more recent wave of immigrants from Latin American, Asian and African countries has helped to rebuild some areas of Dorchester, operating restaurants and small retail stores.

Though small in size, Dorchester has had a rich tradition of industrialization and immigration, making asbestos exposure an issue for both construction and factory workers. Exposure to asbestos-containing materials can put workers and their families at risk for such diseases as pleural mesothelioma.

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Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Dorchester

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Dorchester where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Acands, Inc.
  • Boston Gas Company
  • Boston State Hospital
  • Carney Hospital
  • Champlain School
  • Charles Romano Company
  • Dian Control
  • Dorchester High School
  • Edward F. Byrnes Corporation
  • Ellsworth Supply Company
  • General Food Corporation
  • Mattapan State Hospital
  • Modern Die & Machine
  • New England Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • Papas Realty
  • Saint Gregory's School
  • Sears Warehouse
  • Sears, Roebuck & Company
  • St. Margaret Hospital
  • Supreme Market
  • Thomas E. Webb
  • Walter Baker Chocolate and Coco Div General Food Corp

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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