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Bath Iron Works

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Bath Iron Works is one of the largest shipbuilding companies, founded in 1884, in Bath, Maine. Over the years, they have built private, commercial and military vessels, with most of them being ordered by the US Navy. Until the late 1970s, the ships built by Bath Iron Works contained big quantities of asbestos. The county where it’s located is one of the places with the highest number of asbestos-related deaths of the last years.

Former Employees of Bath Iron Works Need to Pay Close Attention to Their Health

Bath Iron Works has been known to be one of the largest suppliers of ships for the US Navy. During WW2, asbestos-containing products were considered almost vital for the naval fleet, considering its qualities. They were lightweight, provided excellent insulation and they were fire and water-resistant. The products containing asbestos were mostly used in boiler rooms and in below deck areas for fireproofing. But their use didn’t just stop there. Asbestos insulation was also used on all the external surfaces of the propulsion system and as an internal adhesive to other components.

Individuals that worked on the construction or maintenance of these ships, might now be at risk of developing asbestos-related lung diseases. Constant check-ups on your lungs are advised, as these diseases can take many years to develop, even after the exposure has ended. In the interest of helping potential victims discover if there is any cause for concern, we offer free screenings based on your latest X-rays. Our specialists will analyze them and offer all the information needed.

Call 205.328.9200 Asbestos Screening

Victims of Asbestos Exposure at Bath Iron Works Are Entitled to Receive Compensation


There are documented links between shipbuilding work and asbestos exposure leading to serious diseases, ever since 1940. Despite this, the industry has continued to use it, disregarding the risk they were exposing their workers to. Employees would even work with asbestos covers for the pipes, cutting them with a saw, which would put them at huge health risks. Among shipyard workers, pipefitters, welders and painters, there is also a big percentage of veterans exposed to asbestos due to the Navy’s extensive use of these ships and asbestos-containing products.

Former Bath Iron workers who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung disease can qualify to claim compensation. Family members who have been diagnosed with these types of diseases after secondhand exposure can be eligible as well. In over 25 years of experience dealing with asbestos cases, ELG has helped thousands of victims to file claims. Do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly provide all the information you need in order to get compensated.