Damage controlmen

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

In the U.S. Navy, damage controlmen act as maintenance and emergency repair specialists. They are responsible for damage control, ship stability, firefighting, fire prevention and chemical, biological and radiological warfare defense. Damage controlmen are also in charge of training shipboard personnel in the operation, maintenance and repair of damage control systems and equipment and life saving devices. Since they had to perform maintenance and repair work to numerous components of various equipment, damage controlmen were exposed to asbestos to a great extent, which places this military rating at high risk of developing a serious disease in the future.

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As a damage controlman, one was responsible for operating, repairing, and maintaining firefighting systems and equipment, damage control equipment and chemical, biological, and radiological defense equipment, performing emergency repairs to decks, structures, and hulls by pipe patching, plugging and shoring, and training the ship’s military personnel in chemical, biological and radiological defense. They were also in charge of serving as the ship’s fire marshals and firefighting leaders. Asbestos exposure was high in this U.S. Navy rating since damage controlmen often handled asbestos products without any protective equipment when they would perform maintenance and repair work. The rating of damage controlman is relatively new, dating back to 1948.

Relevant job titles

  • ship survivability systems maintainer
  • ship survivability systems technician
  • firefighter
  • fire controlman
  • fire control technician
  • fire inspector
  • plumber
  • maintenance and repair worker


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.