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Asbestos in Shipyards

Shipyard Asbestos Exposure

There are many factors that can lead to asbestos exposure and the eventual contraction of mesothelioma. For example, many professions hold increased risk for asbestos exposure. Mechanics, contractors, and electricians are among the major professions that have been affected by asbestos exposure. Perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs is that of the shipbuilder.

For many years, asbestos was used extensively to insulate steam pipes, boilers, incinerators, and other items. However, the carcinogenic properties of asbestos were not well known until the 1970s. For years, shipbuilders worked in poorly ventilated areas. Unaware of the dangers of asbestos, they used little or no protection from the harmful particles in the air.

Years later, effects of the asbestos on the shipbuilding industry are surfacing. Medical studies show that 86% of workers with 20 or more years of shipbuilding experience suffer from an asbestos-related disease. Although the US government now regulates asbestos in the shipbuilding industry, the effects are still being felt.

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Last modified: December 28, 2010.