History of Penn Shipbuilding

Penn Shipbuilding was a large facility located in Pennsylvania that produced and repaired commercial and military vessels. Penn Shipbuilding operated as a shipyard for many years contributing to Pennsylvania’s thriving ship industry. In 1977, Penn Shipbuilding purchased and operated the Sun Shipbuilding company, another Pennsylvania shipyard. In the 1990s, the shipyard facilities closed ending decades of impressive work in the shipyard business.

Penn Shipbuilding & Asbestos

Unfortunately, the facilities operated by Penn Shipbuilding used asbestos materials. Until the 1970s, the health risks of asbestos were unknown and precautions were not taken at Penn Shipbuilding to limit exposure. Asbestos was used at the Penn Shipbuilding shipyard to insulate boilers, steam pipes, incinerators, and other forms of ship machinery. Asbestos was an ideal substance for shipyard work because of its ability to resist corrosion and withstand high temperatures. Despite its useful application in the shipyards, asbestos is extremely hazardous to human health.

The Penn Shipbuilding shipyard workers were continuously exposed to asbestos. When asbestos materials are manipulated, asbestos fibers may become airborne. In the tight, poorly ventilated ships, airborne asbestos fibers are likely to be inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs or protective lining surrounding the body’s organs and cause severe and fatal health problems. 

Asbestos can cause Mesothelioma, a lethal cancer that can remain asymptomatic for many years. Authorities have estimated that over 100,000 shipyard workers have died from asbestos-related diseases including those who formerly worked at Penn Shipbuilding. Former Penn Shipbuilding workers who were exposed to asbestos during their employment are at risk of developing severe asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Injuries at Penn Shipbuilding – Pennsylvania

If you or a loved worked for Penn Shipbuilding and developed an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced asbestos lawyer who can inform you of your rights and options, contact us today.

Published November 17, 2011 by