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Asbestos in Shipyards

Shipyard workers have a high rate of asbestos exposure and ultimately asbestos-related illnesses when compared to other tradesmen, steelworkers, and chemical plant workers.  This is because asbestos use among shipyards and throughout the navy was seen as a critical part to the industry. In an industry where fires are detrimental, the heat resistant qualities of asbestos were useful; its insulating abilities, the fact it would not corrode easily, and its abundance made asbestos desirable and ultimately used in nearly every part of ships. Hundreds of asbestos-containing products and parts were used on ships until the 1970s; decades after the dangers...

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Asbestos – A Better Understanding of the Carcinogen

There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world. Asbestos is actually the generic name given and is not a mineralogical definition.  A mineral product that is flexible, possesses high tensile strength, is heat resistant, resistant to chemical degradation, and can be woven into fabric, is commercially designated as “asbestos.”Asbestos is divided into two groups: serpentine and amphibole which is determined by the chemical compounds the mineral. Overall, asbestos is made up of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, and other various metals. Serpentine is a variety of asbestos thats structure is layered with curly fibers.  Amphibole asbestos has...

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Asbestos Exposure At Weirton Steel

A brief historyWeirton Steel, formerly known as National Steel aka International Steel Group (ISGI) was a nationally known steel company that dominated parts of West Virginia. The steel mill thrived throughout the 20th century and still exists as a major supplier today, though under a different name. Not only did the mill provide a steady income for many families in the area, it also helped the entire community as a whole because it was the largest employer in West Virginia, the largest taxpayer and the world’s largest tin plate producer.  With numerous mills in operation, the town became centralized around...

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It’s Not Over For Residents In Libby, Montana

The latest news to come out of Libby Montana, an area in the United States where hundreds of people were killed following decades of asbestos exposure, reports that more than 1,000 of those victims have reached a $25 million settlement with Montana health officials. There were over 100 lawsuits, each with multiple claimants all stating that Montana health officials failed to warn those who worked in the Libby Mine that they were working with vermiculite contaminated with tremolite  – one of the most deadly forms of asbestos.This latest settlement comes directly after an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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The Facts About Asbestos Exposure and Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure causes more than just mesothelioma cancer. It can be a contributing factor to a lung cancer diagnosis – a cancer than that affects about 14% of cancer victims, making it the second most common cancer in both men and women according to the American Cancer Society. The devastating reality about lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is that the disease could have been entirely prevented. With corporate greed and companies placing profits above their workers’ health, many workers exposed to asbestos fibers, even for a short period of time, increased their risk of developing lung cancer up to...

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