Additionally, shipbuilders frequently employed asbestos materials for structural and mechanical components. Fireproofing materials, gaskets, valves, ceiling tiles, heat shielding, and other materials can all contain significant amounts of asbestos. With the extremely high volumes of asbestos used, Coast Guard veterans asbestos exposure was at high risk for all personnel.
Coast Guard Veterans Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma Risk
The U.S. Coast Guard made extensive efforts to renovate or decommissioned vessels containing asbestos, but full removal proved impossible. In 2012, an Environmental Health and Mobile Assessment Team discovered enormous quantities of asbestos on an aids-to-navigation barge. In total, they uncovered almost 5,000 square feet of friable material from subsequent investigations into the inland construction tender fleet.
Since the U.S. Coast Guard often stations personnel on vessels for days, weeks or even months at a time, they faced a high exposure risk for asbestos materials. Exposure to any quantity of asbestos can cause severe, related health conditions.
Consequences of Asbestos Exposure for Coast Guard Veterans
Asbestos exposure has a high likelihood of creating serious related conditions within exposure victims. Asbestos fibers can embed themselves in bodily tissue, increasing the risk of developing mutations within the tissues. These mutations may eventually become cancerous cells or tumors.
Coast Guard Asbestos-Related Diseases:
- Lung cancer
- Bronchial adenoma
- Laryngeal cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Pleural effusion
- Pleural plaques
- Cancer of the pharynx
- Urogenital cancers (except prostate)
Secondary Asbestos Exposure Risks Families Face with U.S. Coast Guard Veterans
Coast Guard personnel can often contaminate their home environments as they bring uniforms and other materials home from service. As family members get exposed to asbestos fibers, their chance of developing the same health conditions of primary exposure victims increases.
For this reason, secondary exposure incidents among Coast Guard veterans remains a concerning issue.
Coast Guard Occupations and Assignments with High Risk of Asbestos Exposure
- Coast Guard Civil Engineer
- Construction Engineer
- Naval Engineering
- Aids to Navigation
- Ice Operations
- Waterways Operations and Management
- Search and Rescue Coordination
- Boat Forces Operations
- Coast Guard Building and Mechanical Materials Likely to Have Utilized Asbestos
- Thermal insulation
- Thermal insulation cement
- Spackling, joint cement, and wall patching compounds
- Cement sheet and siding
- Floor tile
- Deck coverings
- Ceiling Tile
- Welding blankets
- Sprayed structural and reinforcing cement
- Joiner bulkhead paneling
- Engine exhaust insulation
- Spray-on insulation used on air ducting
- Fire fighting suits
- Heat resistant gloves
- Valve Packing
- Brake linings
Asbestos Claims and Compensation for Coast Guard Veterans Asbestos Exposure Victims
Victims of asbestos exposure who develop related conditions may be entitled to compensation from liable parties. Liable parties may include equipment manufacturers, shipbuilders, material manufacturers, and certain U.S. Armed Forces contractors.
If you or a close family member are a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and have since received a diagnosis for an asbestos-related condition, contact Mesowatch today.
You and your family will receive immediate assistance. You will also receive a free, confidential case evaluation through our nationwide team of experienced asbestos lawyers. They will help you to quickly seek the maximum possible compensation from all parties potentially liable for your exposure.