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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.

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Bath Iron Works employees exposed to asbestos

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.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at Bath Iron Works are factory workers, pipefitters, boilermakers, and maintenance workers. However, veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by Bath Iron Works, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy as the majority of ships were constructed using asbestos products. In addition to boilers, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured by Bath Iron Works during the last century.

Thousands of Bath Iron Works employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

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Secondary 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.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.