Operations at Todd Shipyards San Francisco

Todd Shipyards San Francisco is a small shipyard located in the Golden Gate vicinity of San Francisco Bay in California. In 1949, Todd Shipyards Co. opened Todd Shipyards San Francisco as an annex to the larger Alameda facility in Oakland, California. Todd Shipyards San Francisco was established as a dry dock and repair facility. The shipyard repaired and maintained a large variety of commercial vessels including:

  • Tugboats
  • Freighters
  • Fishing boats

From 1949 to 1959, Todd Shipyards San Francisco worked on major commercial repair and conversion projects. The shipyard repaired the engines of the huge Swedish tanker, Atlantic Queen. The shipyard also converted three freighters into carry cargo vans.

Todd Shipyards San Francisco continued to function until the 1980s.

Asbestos at Todd Shipyards San Francisco

Todd Shipyards San Francisco employees were very efficient during World War II; however, many of them were exposed to asbestos at the shipyard. Asbestos exposure may lead to severe and fatal disease, 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 is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is durable and flexible. Because its fibers are water and fire resistant, asbestos was used in various shipbuilding materials until the late 1970s. Some of the shipbuilding materials made with asbestos include:

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

Unfortunately, Todd Shipyards San Francisco employees were exposed to high asbestos levels. Asbestos is dangerous when its fibers are released into the air and inhaled. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos containing materials are cut, damaged, or disturbed. Todd Shipyards San Francisco workers regularly released asbestos fibers into the air when repairing and constructing ships with asbestos-containing materials. Because workers did not wear protective clothing or respiratory equipment, many of them inhaled the toxic fibers.

In 1978, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of asbestos containing materials in new ships; however, Todd Shipyards San Francisco workers repaired older ships that still contained asbestos. As a result, many Todd Shipyards San Francisco workers were exposed to asbestos even after it was banned.

Asbestos Injuries at Todd Shipyards San Francisco – California

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at Todd Shipyards San Francisco and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, please contact us today for a free case evaluation.   

Published November 17, 2011 by