Todd Shipyards Los Angeles, also known as Todd Shipyards-San Pedro, was established in 1917 in San Pedro, California. Todd Shipyards Los Angeles is part of the Port of Los Angeles’ shipyard complex. Todd Shipyards Los Angeles employees constructed and repaired numerous vessels until it was sold to Port’s West Basin Container Terminal in 1989.

Timeline for Todd Shipyards Los Angeles

Todd Shipyards Los Angeles was originally established as the Los Angeles Shipping and Drydock Co. in 1917. The United States Maritime Commission formed the shipyard to construct war vessels for the U.S. Navy during World War I. Following World War I, the shipyard’s operation shifted exclusively to vessel repairs.

During World War II, the shipyard’s operations shifted back to ship construction for the U.S. Navy. The shipyard’s 12,000 employees constructed hundreds of destroyer vessels and frigates (warships). Out of all the World War II shipyards, Todd Shipyards Los Angeles was among the most prosperous.

In 1943, the shipyard was sold to Todd Pacific Shipyards, based in Seattle, Washington, which renamed the shipyard Todd Shipyards Los Angeles. Todd Shipyards Los Angeles workers continued constructing, repairing and converting ships for military and commercial clients. In August 1989, Todd Shipyards Los Angeles released its last ship and was then sold. 

Asbestos at Todd Shipyards Los Angeles

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was extensively used in ship construction until the late 1970s. Because asbestos is water and fire resistant, it was thought to be ideal for use in ships. Ship components that were made with asbestos include:

  • Boilers
  • Gaskets
  • Cement
  • Pumps
  • Pipe covering
  • Wall insulation

Asbestos is dangerous when its fibers are exposed and inhaled. Asbestos fibers are exposed when asbestos containing materials are removed or disturbed. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they remain permanently lodged in the lungs causing severe and fatal cancers, such as:

  • Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lining surrounding the lungs)
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

Todd Shipyards Los Angeles workers were constantly constructing and repairing ships made with asbestos containing materials. Additionally, the shipyard was poorly ventilated and the workers did not wear protective clothing or respiratory gear. As a result, workers inhaled the asbestos fibers that were floating in the air at Todd Shipyards Los Angeles. Although many former Todd Shipyards Los Angeles employees are still healthy, employees could still become ill in the future because asbestos-related diseases can take up to 40 years to develop.

Asbestos Injuries at Todd Shipyards Los Angeles – California

If you or a loved one has been injured by asbestos exposure while working at Todd Shipyards Los Angeles, please contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by