Shipyard workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

The people that worked on these sites performed a variety of tasks from designing the ships to repairing and maintenance work. These later activities involved them being around asbestos products. The piping system, boilers, and turbines were usually insulated with asbestos materials. Insulating products like asbestos cement needed to be mixed by hand and in this process, asbestos particles were released in a closed environment.

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The workers that were assigned construction projects were very likely to be exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos dust and to its poisonous fibers. In order to obtain the proper fit, the insulation had to be cut, ground and sanded.

Working in a shipyard puts you at the risk of developing a serious illness like mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. Unfortunately, the chances of your health improving after you are diagnosed with one of these diseases are extremely grim.

Relevant job titles

  • apprentice fitter
  • blacksmith
  • boat builder
  • boat operator
  • boatswain
  • boiler coverer
  • cast ship mixer
  • caulker
  • chipper
  • coal engineer
  • coppersmith
  • deck engine mechanic
  • diesel mechanic
  • engineman
  • fireman
  • grinder
  • hod carrier
  • hull foreman
  • hull department supervisor
  • hull maintenance technician
  • merchant seaman
  • naval engineer
  • naval architect
  • oiler
  • pad room worker
  • plumber
  • rigger
  • riveter
  • sandblaster
  • ship inspector
  • shipbuilder
  • stoker
  • water tender
  • wiper

Asbestos secondary exposure?

People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.

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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.

Companies that exposed shipyard workers to asbestos

Astoria, Clatsop County - Oregon

  • Astoria Marine Construction Co. (AMCCO, Dyer Shipyard)
  • U.S. Navy - Tongue Point Naval Shipyard

Baltimore County - Maryland

  • Barletta Industries - Sparrow's Point Shipyard and Industrial Complex
  • United States Coast Guard - Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard
  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation - Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard

Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine - Maine

  • General Dynamics Corporation - Bath Iron Works

Bay City, Bay County - Michigan

  • Defoe Shipbuilding Company - Defoe Shipyard

Brownsville, Cameron County - Texas

  • Keppel Offshore and Marine Company - AMFELS Shipyard

Camden, Camden County - New Jersey

  • New York Shipbuilding Corporation

Charleston, Charleston County - South Carolina

  • U.S. Navy - Charleston Naval Shipyard (Detyens Shipyards)

Chesapeake Bay - Virginia

  • Colonna's Shipyard, Norfolk
  • Lyon Shipyard (Moon Shipyard, Repair Corporation), Norfolk
  • U.S. Navy - Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding
  • U.S. Navy - Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • The Norfolk Ship Repair Company - NORSHIPCO

Corpus Christi, Nueces County - Texas

  • John Bludworth Shipyard, LLC
  • U.S. Navy - Naval Station Ingleside

Greater Houston - Texas

  • Brown and Root - Brown Shipbuilding
  • Kane Boiler Works, Galveston

Honolulu, Oahu Island - Hawaii

  • U.S. Navy - Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam (Pearl Harbor Shipyard)

Hudson County - New Jersey

  • United States Steel Corporation - Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
  • Todd Shipyards, Hoboken

Jackson & Harrison Counties - Mississippi

  • Huntington Ingalls Industries - Ingalls Shipyard
  • U.S. Navy - Naval Station Pascagoula
  • Harvey Gulf - Gulf Coast Shipyard, Gulfport

Jacksonville, Duval County - Florida

  • Atlantic Marine, Inc., BAE Systems - Atlantic Dry Dock
  • M. D. Moody & Sons, Inc- Bellinger Shipyards
  • U.S Navy - Mayport Naval Station

Jeffersonville, Clark County - Indiana

  • Jeffboat - Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.

Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska - Alaska

  • Vigor Industrial - Seward Ships Drydock

Lorain, Lorain County - Ohio

  • The American Ship Building Company

Los Angeles - California

  • The U.S Navy - Long Beach Naval Shipyard (Terminal Island)
  • Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation - San Pedro Bethlehem Shipyard

New London County - Connecticut

  • General Dynamics Corporation - General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton
  • Thames Shipyard & Repair Co. (John P. Wronowski) - New London Shipyard
  • U.S Navy - Naval Submarine Base New London

New York City - New York

  • The Bethlehem Steel Corporation - Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Staten Island
  • U.S. Navy - Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Company Inc., New York City
  • Todd Shipyard Brooklyn

Norfolk & Suffolk Counties - Massachusetts

  • Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company - Victory Destroyer Plant, Quincy
  • Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company - Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard
  • Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation - Bethlehem Atlantic Works
  • The U.S Navy - Boston Naval Shipyard (Charlestown Navy Yard)
  • General Dynamics Corporation, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation - Fore River Shipyard

Orange County - Texas

  • U.S. Steel, Consolidated Steel Corporation - The Orange, Texas shipyard
  • Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc.

Palatka, Putnam County - Florida

  • St. Johns Shipbuilding, Inc. (formerly Offshore Shipbuilding)

Philadelphia & Delaware County - Pennsylvania

  • William Cramp & Sons?Shipbuilding?Company Philadelphia
  • U.S. Navy - Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Chester

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County - Pennsylvania

  • Dravo Corporation - Neville Island Shipyard

Portland, Multnomah County - Oregon

  • Dillingham Corp. - Albina Shipyards
  • Vigor Works - Keyser Shipyards, Swan Island Shipyards
  • The Greenbrier Companies - Gunderson Marine LLC
  • Kaiser Shipbuilding Company - Oregon Shipbuilding Company
  • Northwest Marine Ironworks
  • Zidell Companies - Zidell's Shipyards

Portsmouth, Rockingham County - New Hampshire

  • U.S. Navy - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

San Diego - California

  • General Dynamics Corporation - National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO)
  • U.S Navy - San Diego Naval Shipyard

Seattle Metropolitan Area - Washington

  • U.S. Navy - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton
  • Larsen - Duwamish Shipyard Seattle
  • Henry Kaiser - Keiser Shipyards, Vancouver
  • Lake Union Drydock Company Seattle
  • Lockheed Shipyard (Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company) & Puget Sound Bridge Yards
  • The U.S. Navy - Naval Station Everett

Southeast Washington D.C. - Washington

  • U.S. Navy - Washington Navy Yard

Southern Louisiana - Louisiana

  • Avondale Industries, Inc, Northrop Grumman - Avondale Shipyard, Bridge City
  • Bollinger Shipyards LLC. - Lockport Shipyard
  • Conrad Industries - Conrad Shipyard LLC, Morgan City

Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County - Florida

  • Hendry Marine Industries, Inc. - Gulf Marine Repair Corporation
  • Edison Chouest Offshore - Tampa Ship, LLC (Tampa Bay Shipbuilding)

Warrington, Escambia County - Florida

  • U.S. Navy - Pensacola Navy Yard

Wilmington, New Hanover County - North Carolina

  • Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
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Labor union members are also eligible

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