The Bender Shipbuilding site in Mobile, Alabama, has been involved in the shipyard industry since as early as 1702. In 1928, Bender Shipbuilding was established as a privately held, deep-water port specializing in shipbuilding and repair. The close proximity of the Bender Shipbuilding shipyard to the Gulf of Mexico ensures access and demand for its services. Bender Shipbuilding continues to operate as a modern shipyard at the forefront of the newest technology in the marine industry.

Bender Shipbuilding Facilities

The Bender Shipbuilding Facility includes 7,000 feet of deep water frontage, four floating dry-docks with lifting capacities of more than 24,000 tons, a 64 ton floating derrick crane, 11 overhead cranes, and over 150,000 square feet of warehouse and shop space. Bender Shipbuilding prides itself on its ability to handle any size or type of repair and conversion work. Over the years the Bender Shipbuilding shipyard has built more than 800 ships and has repaired thousands of vessels, including:

  • tugboats
  • passenger vessels
  • river boats
  • shrimp boats
  • push boats
  • crabbers
  • tuna seiners
  • offshore supply vessels
  • factory trawlers

Asbestos & Bender Shipbuilding

A large number of the shipyard workers at Bender Shipbuilding are at a great risk of serious health complications from asbestos exposure. Many Bender Shipbuilding workers who were employed at the shipyard before the 1980s were likely exposed to high levels of asbestos.

For many years, asbestos was used in various operations and machinery at U.S. shipyards, including the Bender Shipbuilding shipyard. Asbestos materials were used in ship building and repair, especially as insulation in boilers, steam pipes, incinerators, and other types of ship machinery. Asbestos material was ideal for these uses because of its ability to fireproof materials, withstand extreme temperatures, and resist corrosion. Shipyard workers at the Bender Shipbuilding Facilities regularly used asbestos products and worked in vessels that had been built with asbestos. The health risks associated with asbestos were not well known until the 1970s, and precautions were not taken at Bender Shipbuilding site to prevent asbestos inhalation. For many years, shipyard workers at Bender Shipbuilding were heavily exposed to asbestos dust inhalation in the tight, poorly ventilated areas of ships. Today the U.S. government regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry but older ships may still contain asbestos materials. Bender Shipbuilding shipyard workers have likely been exposed to asbestos in recent years through repair and maintenance work on older ships. 

If you have been exposed to asbestos while working at Bender Shipbuilding, you are at major risk of developing life threatening diseases, including: 

  • Mesothelioma (a cancer of the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs)
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Cancer in other organs

Authorities estimate that over 100,000 shipyard workers, including the workers at Bender Shipbuilding site, have died from asbestos related diseases. Many shipyard workers concerned about their health have contacted attorneys to discuss their injuries. In recent years, a number of industrial ship companies have been successfully sued for their liability for asbestos injuries.

Asbestos Injuries at Bender Shipbuilding – Alabama

If you or a loved one has ever worked for Bender Shipbuilding, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Inform your physician of your exposure. Next, contact our office today to speak to a Bender Shipbuilding asbestos attorney for a free case evaluation and about seeking compensation for damages to your health from asbestos exposure. 

Published November 17, 2011 by