During the second half of the 20th century, companies became fully aware of the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos, but unconscionably, they chose to hide it from workers, consumers, and the general public. As a result, anyone involved in the process of mining, manufacturing or simply using asbestos and asbestos-containing products, were put at risk for developing lethal cancers like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other related diseases.
Military And Shipyards
Asbestos was heavily used by our military, causing our servicemen to unwittingly work with and be exposed to this deadly mineral. Navy veterans, tasked with the frequent service and maintenance of their ships’ spaces, were confronted with daily asbestos use and exposure. Asbestos was used liberally throughout Navy vessels as an insulation for piping and equipment found throughout the ship’s engine and boiler spaces. This work was often referred to as “lagging.” Asbestos was also found in other products, such as gaskets and packing which were used regularly in the course of maintenance and repair of the ship’s equipment. Unfortunately, US Navy Ships have become notorious sites for asbestos exposure causing our Navy veterans to be increasingly vulnerable to diagnoses of mesothelioma and other cancers.