Shipyard workers are some of those most at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, in their lifetime. Whether they were building and repairing ships or working to load and unload them, these workers handled asbestos day after day on the job.
Shipyards are likely to contain asbestos because so many ships have been built with asbestos-containing materials. Boilers, steam pipes, wall insulation, and more is all known to contain asbestos on ships. Not only do ships currently in use pose a hazard to those on board, demolishing and repairing ships puts shipyard workers at even more risk for exposure to the substance.
Asbestos exposure can lead to fatal and debilitating respiratory conditions and cancers. Asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma are a few of the more serious conditions that shipyard workers experienced after occupational exposure has taken place.
If you are a shipyard worker who has been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with a related disease, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced asbestos attorney. They can help you determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or claim that could help compensate you for expensive medical bills associated with your work-related illness.