For shipline workers and asbestos exposure both the past and present pose a major health concern. Until the late 1970s, shipbuilders constructed vessels with heavy amounts of asbestos-containing materials. Many vessels in continued service today still contain a heavy amount of asbestos materials. Vibrations or maintenance actions can all disturb these materials, ejecting fibers into the air and creating an inhalation risk.
Fireproofing measures often contained the highest amount of asbestos. Additionally, piping insulation, batts, structural materials and some machine components like gaskets also utilized a high percentage of asbestos.
These materials all compound the risk of exposure to seamen working on shiplines. Commercial shipping lines, cruise lines and other maritime companies all create this risk for workers.
Research of U.S. merchant marine seamen in 1990 revealed pleural abnormalities related to asbestos exposure in over a third of career seamen. Those who worked in the engine departments of ships face the highest risk of exposure.
Shipline Workers and Asbestos-Related Cancer
Because of their high levels of asbestos exposure, shipline workers face a correspondingly high risk of developing asbestos-related cancers like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Attorneys filed over 40,000 claims on behalf of shipline workers for asbestos-related health damages before 1996.
Health conditions related to asbestos exposure often take many decades to develop, a concept known as a “latency period.” Medical experts assert that the latency period for asbestos-related conditions like mesothelioma is 15 to 40 years or more. Therefore, shipline workers with cancer diagnoses can potentially attribute their conditions to occupational asbestos exposure even if they have retired or changed careers in the last 40 years.
If you or a close relative have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung cancer and once worked in the shipline industry, contact Mesowatch today. You will receive immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. You can then move forward on litigation with the help of our nationwide legal team. With their knowledge and experience, you will quickly pursue maximum compensation from all potentially liable parties and available trust funds.