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U.S. Navy Asbestos Exposure

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The Use of Asbestos in the U.S. Navy

Although as early as the beginning of the 20th century there were suspicions regarding the health hazards posed by asbestos, the U.S. administration and private companies refused, for a long time, to investigate the issue and to minimize and regulate the uses of asbestos. The U.S. Navy was among the most reticent; as a result, until the early 1980s asbestos was used in hundreds of products that posed serious health risks for the servicemen and women working in their close proximity.

Among the applications for asbestos in the U.S. Navy, the following were prevalent:

  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Electrical cables
  • Gaskets
  • Expansion joints
  • Safety clothing for firefighters and welders
  • Packing
  • Table tops
  • Sheathing
  • Cements
  • Heat Shields
  • Roofing
  • Coatings
  • Tiling
  • Siding
  • Brake linings
  • Mastics
  • Spackling

Consultation & Advice

If you were exposed to asbestos in the course of your employment with the U.S. Navy, you may have developed a more or less serious asbestos-related condition. If that is the case, you are eligible for Veterans compensation benefits and asbestos trust funds compensation.

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