Babcock & Wilcox Company
Workers Exposed to Asbestos
Babcock & Wilcox was founded in 1867 in order to produce water-tube boilers. By 1902, the company manufactured boilers for the first New York City subway. Babcock & Wilcox was involved in many U.S. government-funded projects, being awarded lucrative assignments. To this day, the collaboration between the government and Babcock & Wilcox continues. The early types of boilers Babcock & Wilcox produced required asbestos as a fireproof material. By using this poisonous mineral, the factory workers had their health affected along with boiler installers and repairmen.