USS Corbesier (DE-106) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Corbesier (DE-106) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 24, 1943, and launched on November 11, the same year. It was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces on January 2, 1944, where it was renamed Sénégalais and then Yser. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Djidjelli and the Algerian coast. It also participated in the First Indochina War before being struck in 1965 and sold for scrapping to Walter Ritscher Hamburg. Between the 1930s and the 1970s, vessel building, repair and overhaul work performed at American shipyards typically occurred in cramped spaces with poor ventilation systems resulting in regular exposure to high levels of asbestos fibers. Workers at these shipyards frequently used or were exposed to asbestos dust from gaskets, packing, raw asbestos, insulation, and other asbestos-containing materials throughout their time at these shipyards.

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Shipmates on USS Corbesier (DE-106)