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.
There are many workers in America at risk for asbestos exposure at work. Insulation, automobiles, even classroom floors can contain the substance. Do you ever wonder if you work or have worked in a trade at risk for exposure? Let's take a look at a few:
The dangers of asbestos exposure have been known for decades, yet workers were continually exposed to dangerous fibers during their time on the job during the 20th century. In the case of shipbuilders in the United States, the risk for an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, is extremely high, due to the amount of exposure they experienced at work.
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.
A former shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit in New Orleans, alleging that his lung cancer diagnosis was caused by his exposure to asbestos. Mr. Otis W. Burmaster was employed by Avondale Industries and worked in a Westwego, Louisiana shipyard from 1965-1971.