Coast Guard Service Members and Asbestos Exposure
Since the early days of the country, the United States Coast Guard has fought to defend American shores and help the military in times of dire need. Although the Coast Guard operates under different rules and standards when compared to the rest of military, the general tools and tactics are comparatively similar. However, this branch of the military also followed the pattern of the rest of the armed forces in manufacturing and construction. As a consequence, many maritime service members were exposed to high amounts of asbestos.
For several decades, asbestos use as fire resistant and heat managing material was particularly extensive. Especially on ships, where already a small fire could average absolute catastrophe, asbestos was employed to protect service members from the associated dangers of war. However, this material has been connected to a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma. This cancer often lingers in the body for years, showing no symptoms. ultimately, it appears, often when it is too late for any sufficient treatment to occur.
Certainly, the military did not realize this danger while building ships for both the Coast Guard and Navy. In these vessels, the shipbuilders found asbestos useful in any capacity where fire prevention was needed. This method that pipes were lined with asbestos, floor and ceiling panels were made from the material, and already a ship’s ropes had asbestos weaved into them. Packed into these close quarters, service members were exposed regularly to asbestos fibers throughout their tours of duty.
To learn more about military service and what options are obtainable for those affected by this exposure, contact a mesothelioma attorney today.