Did you know that Shipbuilding and Repair was the second-highest industry specified on United States death certificates of asbestosis victims in the 1990’s? This is because so many longshoremen and shipbuilders were exposed to asbestos fibers within their occupations in the U.S. Military throughout the past.
Workers were exposed to asbestos-covered boilers, steam pipes, wall insulation, turbines, pipe covering, gaskets, pumps, cement, and other asbestos products during their work with Navy vessels.
Whether they were rebuilding or simply unloading a boat, shipbuilders and longshoremen were constantly exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers at their occupation. Today, asbestos still contaminates Navy shipyards.
In a 1980 study, it was found that 86% of workers that held their occupations for over 20 years were diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. Because of the latency of these diseases, it could be decades before a diagnosis is made after exposure initially takes place.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to their work as a longshoremen or shipbuilder, do not hesitate to contact an experienced asbestos attorney immediately. Many workers have been compensated by those responsible for their fatal conditions.
If you want to know about longshoremen and shipbuilders and their connection to asbestos exposure, see our Longshoremen and Shipbuilders page.