Brown and Root, currently known as KBR, are the world leader in engineering, construction, and services industries. The company currently employees more than 35,000 employees across 45 countries on 5 different continents, providing services throughout numerous industry sectors. Their ranges of services are offered through ten business units;
- Gas Monetization
- Infrastructure & Minerals
- International Government, Defence and Support Services
- North American Government and Logistics
- Oil & Gas
- Power & Industrial
Historically, Brown and Root started out shortly after the end of World War I, when Herman and George Brown teamed up with their brother in law, Dan Root, to form a construction company based in Texas. The company quickly began building roads, and soon progressed into other areas of the construction industry. In 1940, Brown and Root received their first government contract for the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. In 1941 they were awarded a second contract to build the first, of a total of 359 ships, for the U.S. Navy. Brown and Root then went on to construct some of the first offshore oil platforms, the first off the coast of Morgan City, Louisiana, and the second in the North Sea. The company was purchased by Halliburton in 1962 and later merged with the engineering firm M.W.Kellogg.
Asbestos use was rife within the construction and shipbuilding industry, and a commonly used product by companies such as Brown and Root. Records reflect that Brown and Root were aware of the dangerous risks and hazards posed by asbestos well before the health consequences were widespread, yet they did not take sufficient precautions to provide adequate safety gear and respiratory equipment for their workers. Even workers that did not come into direct contact with asbestos, or asbestos containing products, were still at risk due to the airborne spread of its hazardous fibers.
Most, if not all, of Brown and Root’s workers would have been exposed to asbestos during some time in their working lives, as would any independent contractors or external visitors that may have come into contact with the companies work sites. The contracts that Brown and Root undertook, including the construction of the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and the building of 359 U.S Naval ships, would have posed direct threats on the company’s employees in regards to asbestos exposure. Naval Ships in particular are well known to be laden with asbestos as the materials resistance to heat and fire was ideal for ships designed to engage in military combat. It has been made apparent that asbestos use was not confined to a single type of ship or vessel, and that it has in fact been found within nearly every type of Naval ship, from patrol boats, to submarines, to battleships. In construction contracts such as the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, asbestos may have been used for numerous elements, due to its insulating and fire retardant properties, including piping, boilers, electrical fixtures, and other materials.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we may be able to help you get the justice you deserve. When Brown and Root carried out their constriction contracts, the threat of asbestos was already well understood. We are here to pursue justice against asbestos companies that knew the products they used were fatal, yet did nothing to warn the hard working men and women that used, or came in to contact with them. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re offering free, no obligation consultations – schedule one today.