Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co. Inc.
The Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Company was introduced as a deep-water port specializing in servicing and repairing ships in 1702. The shipyard is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Alabama. What makes this shipyard so unique is its 7,000-foot capacity, deep-water frontage. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico makes it a prime place for access to major river systems and ports.
Unlike other shipyards, Bender has a workforce that is dedicated to its services almost 24 hours a day. The shipyard's ability to repair and service different ships efficiently has made it one of the most successful shipyards in history. Other than ship repair, Bender has been known for building other vessels such as push boats, shrimp boats, riverboats, passenger vessels, and even tugboats.
Because this shipyard was in use several years ago, there is an increased risk that many of the individuals who were employed at this shipyard were exposed to a toxic material known as asbestos. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, those around the contaminated area inhale them. The fibers then lodge themselves in the lining of the lungs and other vital organs. Most employees did not know that the boiler rooms, insulation, pipes, and other mechanisms that they used on a daily basis were filled with the toxic material. Many individuals do not experience any signs or symptoms of lung complications until many years after exposure.
Unfortunately, these silent symptoms trigger mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis. Both are very severe types of lung disease that should be tested for promptly if the patient feels he or she may have been affected by asbestos. Financial, medical and legal help are available for those affected by these two deadly diseases.
Last modified: December 28, 2010.