Todd Shipyards Oakland was established in the early 1900s at Oakland, California’s inner harbor. It was located between Main Street and the Navy Supply Center. Todd Shipyards Oakland was the primary yard of Todd Shipyards Co.’s San Francisco division. Until it closed following WWI, the shipyard’s employees constructed and repaired dozens of ships.

Activities at Todd Shipyards Oakland

Todd Shipyards Oakland was established in the early 1900s to serve as a construction, refueling, and servicing center for ships on the Pacific Coast. During World War I, Todd Shipyards Oakland, like many other California shipyards, shifted its operations to emergency ship construction for the U.S. Navy. By constructing dozens of naval destroyers, Todd Shipyards Oakland employees were instrumental to the war effort.

Following World War I, Todd Shipyards Oakland stopped ship construction and briefly operated as a repair and refueling station. Todd Shipyard Co. closed down the Oakland Shipyard and moved its San Francisco division to the Alameda shipyard.

Asbestos at Todd Shipyards Oakland

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is inexpensive and easily accessible. Because asbestos is fire and water resistant, it was ideal for use in shipbuilding materials. Asbestos is also durable and flexible, making it an effective insulator. Ship components at Todd Shipyards Oakland that were made with asbestos include:

  • Steam pipes
  • Hot water pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Incinerators
  • Boilers
  • Wall insulation

Asbestos is dangerous when its fibers are released into the air and inhaled. Asbestos fibers become airborne when asbestos containing materials are broken, damaged, or manipulated.

Todd Shipyards Oakland employees constantly handled asbestos containing materials when constructing and repairing ships. Additionally, the shipyard was poorly ventilated and workers did not wear protective clothing or respiratory gear. Many workers inhaled asbestos fibers causing many of them to develop severe and fatal diseases, 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

Asbestos Injuries at Todd Shipyards Oakland – California 

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

Published November 17, 2011 by