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Asbestos was a popular material within shipyards during the middle of the 20th century. From the 1940s through the 1970s in particular, asbestos was incorporated into nearly every aspect of shipbuilding. Favored for its fire and corrosive-resistant properties, asbestos was considered an ideal building material for ships. It was used to insulate hulls, pipes, incinerators and boilers and in materials such as gaskets, valves and cement throughout the ship.
The contained nature of ships meant that most workers aboard them were exposed to asbestos dust at some time. Workers who worked in tight spaces, such as boiler rooms and engine rooms, received even greater exposure. Many of these workers developed asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Virtually every occupation at the shipyard was at risk of significant asbestos exposure, including pipe coverers, shipwrights, pipefitters, boiler workers, carpenters, engine room mechanics, electricians, insulators, maintenance mechanics, millwrights, sheet metal workers and welders.
Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer being used in the manufacture of ships, the material itself has not been completely eradicated from all ships. Shipyard workers remain at risk.
The attorneys at Martin & Jones in Raleigh have extensive experience representing clients in asbestos litigation. We have represented shipyard workers in every aspect of shipbuilding for more than 25 years. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another cancer and you worked at a shipyard, schedule an appointment to discuss your options with a lawyer at Martin & Jones. We represent clients in North Carolina and throughout the United States. You can reach our firm by calling 919-821-0005 or toll free at 800-662-1234, or you can use our online firm contact form.
The following are some of the shipyards in the United States with known asbestos exposure: