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What is asbestos?

About Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that has been used since ancient times for its fire-resistant qualities. In the United States, it came into widespread industrial usage in the 1800s – with disastrous consequences for many workers.

Asbestos was used in concrete, bricks, pipes, fireplace components, insulation, tile, flooring brakes and roofing materials. After World War II, it was used in railyards, shipbuilding docks and automotive factories. But by this time, the health consequences of asbestos were well documented. In the decades that followed, corporations continued to rely on asbestos despite knowing they were putting workers at risk.

Asbestos on Job Sites and Shipyards

Bergman Draper Oslund Udo maintains a proprietary database of over 1,000 manufacturing plants, public facilities, military bases, and shipyards in...

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Asbestos and Veterans

The risk for mesothelioma is very real for our nation’s veterans, many of whom were heavily exposed to asbestos during their service in the militar...

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Products with Asbestos

Thousands of products commonly used during the last century contained asbestos. What would be unbelievable, were it not so well documented, is that...

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Asbestos Exposure on Ships

If you were aboard any of these ships, you were likely exposed to asbestos:


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