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Boston Navy Shipyard

The Boston Navy Shipyard – also known as the Boston Navy Yard and the Charlestown Navy Yard – was one of the oldest shipyards in the US Navy before it closed in 1974. Ships were constructed here as early as the 16th century, although the land was not acquired by the Navy until 1801. Activity at the shipyard peaked during World War II, when it employed 50,000 people working 24 hours a day.

The men and women who served at the Boston Navy Yard accepted certain risks as part of their duties. Unfortunately, many of them were facing more dangers than they realized. During World War II, the Navy used asbestos extensively in the construction and repair of its ships. Many veterans and civilians who worked on Navy ships were exposed to this toxic mineral without safety equipment or warning.

The Boston Navy Yard and Asbestos

Asbestos is relatively cheap to mine and highly resistant to flames and chemicals. These properties made it very popular with the Navy for much of the 20th century. Asbestos was used in the construction of many shipbuilding materials, including:

  • Cement
  • Sheet metal
  • Caulk
  • Floor coatings
  • Insulation for pipes and wires

Anyone who handled these materials was at risk for inhaling asbestos dust, which is composed of sharp microscopic fibers. These fibers can cause serious damage to the lungs, which may, in turn, develop into scar tissue. Over the years, this scar tissue can lead to serious health conditions such as asbestosis or the cancer mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma and Navy Veterans

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, the protective lining over the lungs and abdomen. It often develops slowly, sometimes over the course of years or even decades. As a result, many people who worked on Navy yards during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War are only now being diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions.

Today, some of these veterans and civilian shipbuilders are choosing to seek compensation from the parties responsible for their illnesses. No one deserves to be exposed to a toxin without safety equipment and complete information about the dangers he or she is facing. While nothing can undo the pain of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, some have at least found relief from the financial complications associated with medical bills and lost wages.

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