Portland is the Maine’s largest city and the hub the state economy. The largest port in the state is also here. Portland’s economy has shifted over the years, but it has a long history of being a major shipbuilder and port city. This means it has a connection to asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma.
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Portland Asbestos Facts
- Portland’s long history of shipping and shipyards, asbestos exposure has been a risk for many residents.
- Between 1999 and 2013, over 2,000 people in Maine died from asbestos-related illnesses.
- Nearly 300 of those deaths were in Cumberland County and Portland.
Shipyards and Asbestos in Portland
Maine has been a center for shipbuilding for hundreds of years. Pines and other trees that grew in its forests were used by the British Navy to build its warships during colonial times. Portland’s position on the coast made it ideal for ports and shipyards.
Asbestos became a prized material for shipbuilding because of its ability to protect from fire and heat without adding a lot of extra weight.
Asbestos was an integral part of the shipbuilding process, especially throughout most of the 20th Century. Every modern vessel, civilian or military, built from the early 1900s to the 1970s, contained asbestos in almost every component.
Steam pipes, gaskets, wall insulation, and even firefighting suits contained the fibrous minerals because a fire at sea was a major concern for ships’ owners, captains, and crews.
Asbestos use soared during World War II when the U.S. built thousands of warships and cargo vessels to conduct a two-ocean war. In South Portland 30,000 men and women built 266 cargo ships for the U.S. and Britain between the years of 1941 and 1945.
The two main shipyards were owned and operated by Todd-Bath Iron and South Portland Shipbuilding. These two companies, which later merged into the New England Shipbuilding Company, closed after the war ended.
The asbestos industry suppressed information about the material’s risks and dangers for years. Many unsuspecting shipyard workers inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers while they worked. They were all put risk of developing diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Other Portland Job Sites Affected by Asbestos
Shipbuilding wasn’t the only industry that used asbestos. Every major industry which relied on fire and that produced a lot of heat needed protection.
For decades paper mills, power stations, chemical plants, oil storage tanks, pipelines, public buildings, rail yards, airports, and dockyards used asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in their construction and operation.
Although asbestos use is now greatly reduced and abatement programs help keep new exposures down, there are many job sites in the Portland area where workers may have been exposed in the past:
- New England Shipbuilding Company (Todd Iron) East Yard
- New England Shipbuilding Company (South Portland) West Yard
- Wyman Power Station in Yarmouth
- Cape Station Power Generator in South Portland
- Boston & Maine (B&M) Railroad Yard in Portland
- Portland Transportation Center
- Randall and McAllister Coal Company
- Maine Central Railroad Yard in South Portland
Mesothelioma Treatment in Portland
The MaineHealth Medical Center in Portland is home to the Maine Medical Cancer Institute, the largest cancer treatment facility in the state. Its staff of doctors, surgeons, and oncologists provides cancer treatments of all types which meets national guidelines. The Cancer Institute is also an accredited teaching cancer hospital vetted by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
It is important to receive care for mesothelioma from specialists. This is a deadly and rare type of cancer that not all physicians or even oncologists are qualified to treat.
Legal Assistance in Portland
As previously mentioned, if you’ve been exposed to asbestos and suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.