Asbestos Risk for Marine Veterans
Marines veterans face many of the same exposure risks to asbestos experienced by Navy personnel. The ships, vehicles, aircrafts and barracks that the Marines used contained very high percentages of asbestos material. Marines also utilized Navy ships to travel and transport their vehicles, so they were exposed to the same asbestos as sailors. On land or at sea, Marines were constantly being exposed to asbestos because the many ways in which asbestos was used by the military. On ships it was used as insulation, fire prevention, boilers, gaskets, pipe fittings and much more.
Even with the asbestos regulations enacted during the 1970s and 80s, many of the Navy ships that the Marines used still contain asbestos. This means that current Marines are being exposed to asbestos and they are at risk of developing mesothelioma in the future. Only until all of these ships are retired from active duty will the risk of asbestos exposure be eliminated.
Where Did Marines Get Exposed to Asbestos?
All Navy vessels prior to the 1970s contained asbestos. Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of ships because of its heat-resistant properties. It was used in boilers, flooring, walls, insulation, pipefittings and much more. What made the situation even worse was that naval ships have confined spaces that increased the chances of asbestos exposure and breathing in asbestos dust and fibers. Read More >
Marine mechanics were exposed to asbestos that was used in brake pads, insulation, gaskets and much more. If you were a Marine mechanic, then chances are that you were exposed to asbestos at one point or another. Read More >
Marines used tanks, transport vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and amphibious vehicles that all contained asbestos in the engines, flooring, walls, brakes and other areas. The bigger concern were the weapons on board and the heat they generated, which required Marines to wear asbestos gloves/mittens to handle the guns. The Marines came into direct contact with asbestos.
Almost all Marine buildings were constructed to be fire-resistant in case of an attack or accidental fire. Since asbestos was used for this purpose the buildings where soldiers worked and lived exposed them to this mesothelioma-causing substance. Just like many construction materials used in people’s homes during the early and mid-1900s, Marines used similar materials that contained asbestos, including:
- Ceiling tiles
- Flooring tiles
- Electrical wiring
- Roofing materials
These Marine installations were constructed and maintained by Marine members. These Marine personnel were in direct contact with asbestos on a daily basis. So if you built or maintained Marine structures. then chances are you were exposed to asbestos.
What Should Marine Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Do?
Marine veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may want to file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured an asbestos product used during their Marine service. To get more information on filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, visit our section on Legal Options.