The Braswell Services Group was established in Charleston, South Carolina as a ship service and repair facility. The Braswell Services Group contributed enormously to South Carolina’s thriving ship industry. Unfortunately, Braswell Services Group’s shipyard workers, throughout their employment, were exposed to high levels of asbestos for prolonged periods. 

Asbestos & the Braswell Services Group

Prior to the 1980 health warnings, asbestos was used without knowledge of its danger in various shipyard operations and machinery, including at the Braswell Service Group facility. Braswell Services Group shipyard workers regularly used asbestos products and worked in vessels built with asbestos. Asbestos was considered an ideal material for ship production and repair at the Braswell Services Group facility because of its ability to fireproof materials, withstand extreme temperatures, and resist corrosion. Today the U.S. government regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry but older ships may still contain asbestos. In repairing older ships, Braswell Services Group shipyard workers have likely been exposed to asbestos in recent years.

At the Braswell Services Group shipyard, the following ship components and products contained asbestos:

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

Braswell Services Group shipyard workers were continuously exposed to dangerous asbestos levels that may lead to asbestos-related diseases. 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 including:

  • 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. However, some asbestos-related diseases can remain asymptomatic for decades and Braswell Services Group shipyard workers may still not show any symptoms. It is important to seek medical advice if you think you have been exposed to asbestos. Early detection can help better manage some asbestos-related diseases. In recent years, shipyard companies have been the targets of lawsuits brought by shipyard workers injured by asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Injuries at the Braswell Services Group – South Carolina

If you or someone you love worked at the Braswell Services Group facility and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by