Boston Shipbuilders, Navy veterans, and veterans of the Armed Forces are at risk for mesothelioma cancer if they helped build, service, or served aboard Naval ships before 1970. Asbestos was used on many ships because of its resistance to fire. Naval contractors and Boston Shipyard workers are all at risk for contracting mesothelioma cancer due to exposure to asbestos dust and fibers if they assisted in the:
- Construction of Naval ships
- Naval ship Repairs
- Naval ship Demolition
- Renovation of Naval ships
There is virtually no portion of a U.S. Navy ship built before the mid 1970s that is free from some asbestos material or asbestos products. Asbestos can be found in a ship’s boiler, fire, and engine rooms, and specifically, in numerous cables, gaskets, valves, adhesives, brakes, and clutches used on all ships.
Shipbuilders and sailors travelling on ships often inhaled asbestos dust. Many navy veterans recall sleeping below asbestos-covered pipes and shaking the dusty material from their bunks. Close quarters on ships and in shipyards led to many asbestos materials dislodging during normal operations, which led to asbestos inhalation attachment to clothing. Military personnel and shipyard workers regularly carried asbestos dust home on their clothes, resulting in secondary exposure of asbestos to family and friends.
If you served or worked aboard a Navy ship and think you were exposed to asbestos or have contracted malignant mesothelioma lung cancer, contact our attorneys to learn your rights.
The following is a list of ships that used asbestos and that are sites of asbestos exposure.