NY Shipbuilding Corporation and the Asbestos Cancer Risk for Workers
The NY Shipbuilding Corporation was initially built in Camden, New Jersey by Henry G. Morse, who had extensive experience with building tunnels and bridges.
With operations beginning in 1901, the NY Shipyard Corporation was a superior shipyard that relied on a unique process of using prefab parts, cranes to move parts around the yard, and a reverential dedication to the idea that that weather wouldn´t cause delays in the production process.
During the outbreak of WWI, NY Shipbuilding Corporation earned the distinction of becoming the largest shipbuilding facility in the world.
Over 40 of the yard's ships were used by the Navy before WWII, with wartime proving very profitable as well.
To fill ever increasing orders, NY Shipbuilding Corporation had vastly expanded, employing over 30,000 shipyard workers.
Those workers were responsible for building everything from military ships to seaplanes and destroyers.
By the end of WWII, the NY Shipbuilding Corporation had redirected its efforts, and focused on building atomic submarines.
These efforts were successful for a time but by 1967, requests for production had trickled down, making the NY Shipbuilding shipyard obsolete; it shuttered its doors.
Unfortunately, for all the time the shipyard had been in operation, it had exposed its thousands of workers to toxic asbestos dust and fibers.
As the general public is now aware, asbestos can cause cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. It can also cause asbestosis, a serious lung ailment.
In decades past, asbestos was used as a staple material in the shipbuilding industry, which used it for pipe and boiler insulation, and where other industrial-strength insulation was needed.
Those who worked with these materaisl were exposed to asbestos as they had to cut, saw, fit, and hammer asbestos containing materials.
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