Did you get lung cancer because you inhaled asbestos fibers while serving in the military? Veterans from all branches of service have developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos.
Personnel most commonly exposed include:
During the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, large quantities of asbestos were employed in shipyards in construction of new ships and in refurbishment and decommissioning of ships. Thousands of shipyard workers breathed the fine asbestos fibers. Because it could withstand high temperatures and corrosion, asbestos was an ideal material for insulating the vessels' heat-producing components in warships.
U. S. Government (Naval) Shipyards where ships were built and/or overhauled include:
Private Sector Shipyards where Navy ships, Liberty ships and Victory ships were also built include:
Were you exposed to asbestos while in the military? Or while working as a civilian contractor on military projects such as ship-building?
Asbestos was a common material used in many Navy ships. Many ship builders and sailors were exposed to asbestos during the construction, maintenance and operation of these military vessels. Asbestos was used as insulation and boiler operations, for example.