As the biggest city in Massachusetts and prominently located on the Atlantic, Boston has always had large manufacturing, industrial, shipbuilding, merchant shipping, and construction industries. While important to the local and state economy, these workplaces also exposed many people to asbestos and put them at risk for life-threatening diseases.
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Boston Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013, most of the deaths in Massachusetts related to asbestos occurred in Boston and the surrounding area.
- This included nearly 3,000 deaths in that period from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
- As an important port city, Boston’s shipping industry has been responsible for a major portion of the area’s asbestos exposure.
Bethlehem Hingham Shipping Yard
Established in 1913, Bethlehem Hingham Shipping Yard once employed over 24,000 workers who built destroyer ships and war vessels. When the shipping yard closed in 1986, more than 220 ships had been built there.
From its inception until the late 1970s, the shipping yard used asbestos in many materials and parts, including gaskets, boiler components, electrical insulation, coatings, and more. Workers were exposed to the dangerous asbestos fibers, day after day, year after year.
Consequently, many former employees of the shipping yard later developed dangerous asbestos-related diseases, including peritoneal mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Charlestown Navy Yard
The Charlestown Navy Yard, a ship repair business, opened in Boston in during the early 1800s. After the Civil war, the yard’s work began in decline so it shifted focus to shipbuilding.
Thousands of workers built many ships, including steel-hulled warships. As with the Bethlehem Hingham Shipping yard, the Charlestown Navy Yard also used of asbestos in many parts, machinery, and equipment.
Asbestos in Boston Buildings
It wasn’t just shipyards and industrial work sites that put people at risk of asbestos exposure. Many of Boston’s public buildings were constructed using asbestos. Many of these buildings are still in use today, including:
- Boston Latin School
- Boston University
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Harvard Medical School
- John W. McCormack Graduate School
- Katharine Gibbs School
- McMenamins-Kennedy School
- South Boston High School
- Law School at Suffolk University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Beth Israel
- Boston City (closed in 1996)
- Boston State Hospital (closed in 1979)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Children’s Hospital Boston
- Massachusetts General Hospital
Additional Public Buildings
- Boston City Hall Annex
- Boston Federal Building
- Boston Symphony Hall
- Boston Municipal Auditorium
- Cutler Majestic Theater
- Museum of Science
- New England Aquarium
- Park Square Building
W.R. Grace Asbestos Cover Up
For decades W.R. Grace and Co. mined materials contaminated with asbestos and manufactured chemicals and products using asbestos. Through numerous workplaces across the U.S., the company was responsible for exposing thousands of workers to asbestos.
The Boston Globe broke the story that the company knew about asbestos and its harms used in one of its best-selling products: Zonolite Attic Insulation.
Globe reporters found internal documents proving the company knew of the health hazards associated with the insulation by 1977. They kept selling the product for seven years after that.
Getting Medical Help in Boston
When seeking treatment for asbestos-related diseases such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, look for experienced physicians who specifically specialize and have in-depth knowledge concerning these types of illnesses.
The following medical centers are among a few of the cancer centers in the Boston area that specialize in asbestos issues:
- Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT: 500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA., 02142, 617-253-6403
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA. 02215, 866-408-3324
Getting Legal Help in Boston
While it’s important to seek medical assistance if you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s also important to understand your legal rights and options. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area.
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.