Ingalls Shipbuilding is a shipyard facility located on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. The Ingalls Shipbuilding yard is the largest private employer in the state of Mississippi, with over 10,500 shipyard workers. Operations at Ingalls Shipbuilding include the construction, engineering, and modernization of marine vessels and machinery for the U.S. government and private commercial interests.

History of Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been active in the ship industry since 1938. To accommodate the enormous demand for ships during World War II, Ingalls Shipbuilding built a number of vessels for the U.S. Navy fleet. Following World War II, Ingalls Shipbuilding continued to be busy with U.S. Navy contracts for the construction of destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and even nuclear-powered submarines. In 1977, Ingalls Shipbuilding employed nearly 25,000 people who carried out various operations at the shipyard.

In addition to its work for the Navy, Ingalls Shipbuilding has been involved in commercial vessel construction for industrial transportation, including the drilling rig construction business. Today, Ingalls Shipbuilding continues to operate as a modern shipbuilding facility at the forefront of modern technology in the marine industry.

Asbestos & Ingalls Shipbuilding

Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was used extensively at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility.. Because the serious health risks of asbestos were unknown and shipyard workers were unprotected when working with asbestos containing materials, many former Ingalls Shipbuilding employees were exposed to large amounts of asbestos over a long period of time.

Asbestos was an ideal insulation material for shipbuilding and repair because of its properties to resist corrosion, high temperatures, and its fireproofing ability. Asbestos was likely used in the following ship components and products at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility:

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

Asbestos exposure can lead to severe diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis, and Mesothelioma. Mesothlioma is a cancer affecting the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs. Because mesothelioma can take decades to become symptomatic, people who were exposed to asbestos at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility years ago could still develop the disease. If you worked for Ingalls Shipbuilding, you should inform your physician of your possible asbestos exposure right away.

Asbestos Injuries at Ingalls Shipbuilding – Mississippi

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by