The Tacoma Drydock has always been a center of the Washington state ship industry. However, a large number of Tacoma Drydock workers are at a great risk of serious health complications from exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used extensively in Tacoma Drydock operations as the health risks associated with the material were unknown until the 1980s. Asbestos material was used primarily for insulation purposes because of its ability to retard flame, resist corrosion, and withstand high temperatures. 

At the Tacoma Drydock, 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

Tacoma Drydock workers often used asbestos products and worked in vessels rife with asbestos. While today the U.S. government regulates asbestos in the shipyard industry, older ships may still contain asbestos. In recent years, Tacoma Drydock workers have likely been exposed to asbestos through the repair and maintenance of older ships.

When asbestos materials are manipulated, a fibrous dust can be released. Because Tacoma Drydock workers wore no protective gear, they likely inhaled this dangerous dust.  When inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge in the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the heart, stomach, and lungs. Cancer forms on this protective lining and has the potential to remain asymptomatic for many years. Authorities have estimated that over 100,000 shipyard workers have died from asbestos related diseases, including some who worked for the Tacoma Drydock.

If you or someone you know has worked at the Tacoma Drydock in Washington, you should talk to your physician about your possible asbestos exposure. Many Tacoma Drydock shipyard workers affected by asbestos exposure have turned to asbestos lawyers for help. In recent years, industrial ship companies, like the Tacoma Drydock, have been successfully sued by employees who were injured by asbestos exposure at work. 

Asbestos Injuries at the Tacoma Drydock – Washington

Have you been injured by asbestos exposure while employed by the Tacoma Drydock? Contact our offices today as you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by