Individuals who were exposed to products that contained asbestos, workers who were employed at jobsites that were contaminated with asbestos, or veterans of the U.S. Navy or Merchant Marines who worked on ships that contained asbestos parts or materials may be at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, or other diseases linked to asbestos.
➢ Asbestos-Containing Products
For decades, asbestos was commonly found in industrial products, building materials, and many products that were found in the home. Although the use of products that contain asbestos was severely restricted after the link between asbestos and mesothelioma was publicized in the late 20th century, many asbestos products that were used in older machines and buildings may still pose a risk to individuals who work with or at these products or locations.
Some of the most commonly used materials that contain asbestos include adhesives, building and construction materials, construction mastics and gunning mix, duct connectors, electrical components, felt, fireproofing materials, gaskets, insulation, plastics, sheets, textiles, and vinyl products.
➢ Asbestos Jobsites
Workers who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace may be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
Some of the most common jobsites where asbestos-containing materials were found include:
- Aluminum Plants
- Chemical Plants
- Metal Works
- Oil Refineries
- Oil Rigs
- Paper Mills
- Power Plants
- Steel Mills
- Trains and Railroads
- Other Jobsites
➢ U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines Ships With Asbestos
From the 1920s until the mid-1970s, thousands U.S. naval ships were outfitted with parts or materials containing asbestos. As a result, millions of veterans of the U.S. Navy and merchant marines who served on these ships were exposed to asbestos, placing them at risk of a number of serious and potentially deadly diseases.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used for insulation or fireproofing. For decades, asbestos materials were used in a number of parts aboard U.S. naval vessels, including pipe coverings, gaskets, deck coverings, brakes, clutches and other engine room components. At least 298 asbestos-containing products were used onboard U.S. Navy ships.
When the asbestos fibers contained in these products were damaged, they could become airborne. Inhaling or otherwise ingesting asbestos fibers placed millions of naval veterans at risk of mesothelioma—a deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen—as well as lung cancers, asbestosis and other forms of cancer.
Shipyard workers who helped build one of the thousands of ships used during World War II were almost as likely to die from mesothelioma as they were to die in combat. While approximately 18 out of every 1,000 U.S. naval servicemen during WWII died in combat, as many as 14 out of every 1,000 shipyard workers during the Second World War died from mesothelioma. Thousands more may have died from lung cancer, asbestosis or other types of cancer as a result of asbestos exposure during their years in the Navy.
Although the U.S. government knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure as early as 1922, the Navy continued building ships with asbestos-containing materials as late as the 1970s. And while the government issued asbestos safety standards in 1943 to protect those who built or repaired naval vessels, it failed to start enforcing these regulations until decades later, jeopardizing the health of millions of naval veterans.
Some of the naval and Merchant Marines ships where asbestos parts or materials could be found include:
- Aircraft Carriers
- Amphibious Ships
- Auxiliary Ships
- Coast Guard Cutters
- Dock Landing Ships
- Escort Carriers
- Naval Shipyards
➢ Free Legal Consultation for Victims of Asbestos Exposure
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or other diseases linked to asbestos exposure, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit or seek compensation from the asbestos trusts that have been established to compensate asbestos victims. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced mesothelioma and asbestos attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
For more information about filing an asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuit and to find out if you qualify to file a case, contact the law firm of Hissey, Mulderig & Friend to schedule your free legal consultation with an attorney. You can reach us 24/7 by calling toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or by answering a few brief questions in our free case evaluation form, located on the right side of this page.