Shipbuilding and maintenance was once the largest industry in the United States, employing more than four million workers. This industry, however, is one in which exposure to asbestos-laden materials is particularly high. Over the years, thousands of shipyard workers have suffered high and/or prolonged levels of asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, asbestos causes a variety of illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, cancer, and more.
If you or a loved one has developed an illness as a result of asbestos exposure at shipyards, please contact us today to speak with an attorney experienced in asbestos litigation – FREE of charge.
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Asbestos on Ships
Asbestos was commonly used in shipbuilding for its fire-resistant properties as well as its heat-resistant and insulation properties. Some of the materials and equipment on ships that may contain asbestos include the following:
Ship Maintenance and Asbestos Exposure at Shipyards
Most asbestos exposure in shipyards can be attributed to the maintenance of gaskets, pipes, walls, and floors that contain fire-resistant concrete or steam pipes. Asbestos fibers in these materials may become airborne during repairs, maintenance, or with age. The fibers are dangerous when inhaled, especially in large quantities. Thanks to tighter regulations, asbestos is no longer used in ship construction, but it may still be found on older ships that come into shipyards for maintenance.
Individuals who have developed mesothelioma or other serious illness as a result of asbestos exposure at a shipyard may be entitled to recover compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you or a loved one has contracted an asbestos-related illness, please contact us promptly for a no-charge consultation with a skilled asbestos attorney who can help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
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