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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

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We also represent the close relatives of shipyard workers that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Shipyard Workers

The U.S. Navy is notorious for having used enormous amounts of asbestos until 1980 for various purposes, including applying insulation on the walls of the vessels to prevent the ships and submarines from catching fire. Thereby, shipyard workers, whether they handled asbestos directly or not, were constantly exposed to it on the job, as the environment they performed their duties in was full of toxic fibers released by different activities. If you are a U.S. Navy veteran and struggle with symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain or fatigue, please seek medical attention immediately, as you may suffer from a disease that stems from asbestos exposure.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Asthma Laryngeal Cancer Pleurisy Colorectal Cancer Lung Nodules

We also Represent U.S. Veterans Exposed to Asbestos while Serving their Country 

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How Can We Help Shipyard Workers Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

Due to the fact that these diseases have a period of latency from 10 to 40 years, an examination is mandatory for you to choose the correct treatment option before it is too late. Contact us if you want to get examined in the fastest time possible.

If your life has been affected due to the work you have done on shipyard sites, we can offer you the legal representation needed to obtain the reparations you deserve. We will file claims with the asbestos trust funds of the companies responsible for exposing you to asbestos, as well as with the VA.

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