The Boats of Freeport shipyard was at the center of Texas’s ship industry. However, many Boats of Freeport workers are at risk of developing serious health complications from asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used extensively in shipyard operations. Asbestos was ideal for ship insulation because of its ability to resist corrosion and high temperatures. At that time, the health risks of asbestos were unknown.

At the Boats of Freeport, the following ship components and products may have contained asbestos:

  • Steam pipe insulation
  • Boilers
  • Incinerators
  • Turbines
  • Pumps
  • Electrical and plumbing insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Welding blankets

Prior to the 1980s, special precautions were not taken at the Boats of Freeport facility to prevent asbestos inhalation. Unfortunately, Boats of Freeport shipyard workers were exposed to asbestos while building and repairing ships. Even today, asbestos remains in older ships and special care must be taken when working with them. 

The effect of asbestos exposure on the health of shipyard workers of the Boats of Freeport is now being felt. While the US government now regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry, the health complications from previous asbestos exposure are surfacing. Asbestos exposure from the Boats of Freeport site may have put its employees at risk for developing serious and potentially fatal diseases, including Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma has been directly linked to prolonged periods of asbestos exposure. When asbestos materials were handled by Boats of Freeport workers, asbestos fibers may have 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. Cancer forms on this protective lining and has the potential to remain asymptomatic for years. Authorities estimate that over 100,000 shipyard workers, including Boats of Freeport workers, died from asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Injuries at the Boats of Freeport – Texas

Did you work at the Boats of Freeport shipyard? Have you been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease? If so, contact our offices today to assess your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by