The General Ship Corporation was the center of the Massachusetts state ship industry. Unfortunately, a large number of General Ship Corporation workers are at a great risk for serious health complications from exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used extensively in General Ship Corporation’s shipyard operations as the health risks associated with the material were unknown until the 1980s. The General Ship Corporation primarily used asbestos for insulation purposes because it had the ability to retard flame, resist corrosion, and withstand high temperatures. 

At the General Ship Corporation, the following ship components and products may have contained asbestos:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electrical and plumbing insulation
  • Pumps
  • Steam pipe
  • Incinerators
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Welding blankets
  • Building insulation

General Ship Corporation shipyard workers often used asbestos products and worked in vessels rife with asbestos. Although the U.S. government now regulates the use of asbestos in the shipyard industry, older ships may still contain asbestos. General Ship Corporation workers have likely been exposed to asbestos in recent years through the repair and maintenance of older ships. 

When asbestos materials are manipulated, a fibrous dust can be released. General Ship Corporation shipyard workers likely inhaled this dangerous dust in the tight, poorly ventilated areas of ships. When inhaled, asbestos dust lodges in the protective lining surrounding the body’s internal organs and can cause serious health problems.

Because asbestos-related diseases have a long latency period, the effects of asbestos exposure on former General Ship Corporation workers are just now being felt. Asbestos exposure at the General Ship Corporation site may have put its shipyard workers at risk for developing serious and potentially fatal diseases, such as:

  • 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 a number of other organs

Authorities have estimated that over 100,000 shipyard workers have died from asbestos related diseases, including some who worked for the General Ship Corporation. If you worked at the General Ship Corporation in Massachusetts, you should talk to your physician about your possible asbestos exposure. Many shipyard workers who were injured by asbestos exposure at work have turned to asbestos lawyers for help. In recent years, industrial ship companies, like General Ship Corporation, have been successfully sued for exposing their workers to asbestos. 

Asbestos Injuries at the General Ship Corporation – Massachusetts

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the General Ship Corporation shipyard, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by