Shipyard Workers Asbestos Exposure

From World War II through the 1970s, the shipbuilding industry used asbestos when constructing Navy vessels, commercial liners and other ships. While the insulation and fireproofing properties of asbestos made this substance useful when constructing ships, numerous individuals who worked in the shipping industry in the middle of the 20th century have become seriously ill or died as a result of asbestos exposure. People who work in dismantling or repairing these old ships still face a risk for mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

If you or a loved one worked in the shipping industry and is now suffering from an asbestos-related disease, it is important to work with a lawyer who can present a compelling claim for your damages. At Savinis & Kane, L.L.C., our Pittsburgh law firm represents people, including current or former shipyard workers, who have contracted asbestos-related diseases.

Shipyard Workers Face an Exceptionally High Risk for Asbestos-Related Disease

While any exposure to asbestos can create risk for disease down the road, people who worked in shipyards often face an even higher risk. These risk factors include:

  • Asbestos was used in the construction of many different parts of the ship, including boilers, steam pipes and turbines. Consequently, there were very high concentrations of asbestos in this environment.
  • Ventilation in these environments was generally very poor, leading to even more asbestos exposure.
  • Shipyard workers generally were not provided proper protective clothing.

The manufacturers of these vessels knew or should have known about the risks associated with the widespread use of asbestos. Our attorneys have represented many people across Pennsylvania who have been irreparably harmed by asbestos-related diseases. We are aggressive, dynamic lawyers who understand both the legal and technical issues in these cases. Our tenacious approach has led to successful outcomes in many cases.

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