Asbestos companies never warned sailors who served in the Navy that asbestos was harmful. Had they been warned, Navy veterans could have taken proper precautions to protect themselves from getting mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Asbestos on Navy Ships
Asbestos was used on many kinds of equipment on Navy ships. If you worked in a ship’s engine room or boiler room, you would have been exposed to asbestos materials.
Asbestos was used as lagging on pumps, valves, boilers and turbines in engine and boiler rooms. Valves and pumps utilized asbestos gaskets and packing.
Anyone who worked in the following Navy trades was at high risk of asbestos exposure:
Whenever asbestos-containing equipment is worked on, it can release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air. These airborne fibers are inhaled and ingested by those in the area – particularly in the poorly ventilated compartments of a ship. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs, causing inflammation that can lead to cancer after several decades. Navy veterans may notice symptoms of mesothelioma 15 to 60 years after being exposed.
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