Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard’s past history of extensive use of asbestos is similar to most other shipyards in the nation. Subsequently, people developed life-threatening, asbestos-related diseases, including malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer while working at the shipyard.
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Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard History
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was founded in 1899, shortly after the annexation of Hawaii. It was initially created as a way to allow room for more vessels.
Over the next numerous years, over 80 acres were added, and the Navy spent time upgrading the shipyard. Upgrades included machine shops, housing, a smith and foundry, and much more.
Throughout the early and mid-1900s, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard continued to expand and develop further, including widening the channels in order for the area to accept much larger vessels.
During World War I, Pearl Harbor, known as the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” played a large role in helping defend the West Coast of the nation.
Once the Great Depression hit the U.S., production and expansion slowed down considerably at the shipyard for many years, which lasted until the start of the 2nd world war.
In 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked and bombed by Japan. It became one of the most well-known and one of the most tragic events in U.S. history.
The surprise attack spurred the launch of World War II, and once again the shipyard began expanding and developing in order to help accommodate the war.
Along with massive expansion came the use of the asbestos and asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
As mentioned earlier, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard relied on asbestos in the past, similar to most other shipyards prior to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict regulations on its use.
More than 10,000 workers of various occupations were exposed to the deadly minerals every day they went into work, and for prolonged periods of time.
As a ship repair facility, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard used many of the same asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that were once used as shipbuilding facilities.
The U.S. Navy stated that more than 250 different types of asbestos-containing products were used at shipyards in the past, in things such as insulation, sprays, cement, construction materials, and more.
Further, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that people who worked at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, who participated in a study, were found to have a heightened risk of lung cancer.
There is also a heightened increase in developing mesothelioma when compared to shipyard workers in other parts of the U.S.
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Today
Naval Station Pearl Harbor contains the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard inside of its complex, located a few miles from the Honolulu International airport. It sits on over several hundred acres, on the island of Oahu.
The shipyard currently focuses on upgrading its facilities to ensure that its a safe place for all workers after being named a SuperFund site by the EPA in the 1990s.
This SuperFund designation also entails either removing or renovating structures and buildings that were used during World War II. So far, close to 300 buildings have been torn down.
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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 significant compensation 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.
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