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Asbestos Exposure in Docks & Shipyards

Ship being repaired

The American shipbuilding and ship repair industry has employed hundreds of thousands of workers.  In addition to these workers, there are roughly 65,000 longshoremen at American ports, and over 60,000 American sailors manning these vessels.  Prior to the 1990s, the mineral fiber asbestos was common in materials and equipment found on ships and at shipyards.  Equipment on ships and at shipyards, such as boilers, pipes, pumps, valves, and turbines were heavily insulated with asbestos.  Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the lung.  This exposure left workers who built, unloaded, and served on ships during the 20th century at a high risk of developing mesothelioma.

Asbestos was known as a hazardous substance by the asbestos industry since the 1920s.  Nearly all mesothelioma could have been prevented because of this, but the asbestos industry chose not to warn American ship workers of the dangers of asbestos.  Withholding this information from workers was a business decision; the asbestos companies chose profits over people.  Thanks to this irresponsible business practice, over 3,000 people develop mesothelioma every year – many of whom are current or retired ship workers.

Belluck & Fox is one of the most well-regarded asbestos law firms in the country.  Our attorneys are asbestos and mesothelioma experts.  With over $500 million won on behalf of our clients, we have fought the asbestos industry and found justice for hundreds of workers and their families.  Many of our clients have worked on docks, ships, and in shipyards, and we understand the many ways in which ship workers were exposed to asbestos.  If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Contact us online or at 877-MESOTHELIOMA (637-6843) to set up a consultation with one of our partners.


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