Asbestos use on ships puts Navy veterans and civilian workers at high risk for developing an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime. For those that worked in shipyards, where ships with asbestos-containing materials were built and deconstructed, the risk increases.
Performing the assembly, maintenance, repair, and dismantling duties for U.S. Navy ships resulted in prolonged asbestos exposure amongst workers. This is because nearly every ship commissioned by the Navy between the 1930s and 2000s contained asbestos-containing products and materials.
There are different Navy shipyards situated along the coasts of the United States. Many of them are located in California, near our Novato and Los Angeles offices:
- Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
- Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California
- Alameda Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA
- Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California
If you have worked in one of the shipyards mentioned above, there is a good chance you have come into contact with deadly asbestos fibers. Sharing your work history with a medical professional will help ensure that they accurately assess symptoms if they appear. An asbestos or mesothelioma attorney will also be able to help you determine what legal options you have as a veteran or civilian worker who was exposed to asbestos within a shipyard.
Source: Asbestos Network