Stuff You Should Know
Vessels built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos, a very poisonous substance, in their components like turbines, the valves, the pumps and even the engine and boilers rooms. Because of the poor ventilation existed on board, people who worked on these ships inhaled the poisoned air during their service and are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. One of those ships is USS Independence, a Forrestal-class Aircraft Carrier with hull number CV-62, as opposed to the previous USS Independence with the hull number CVL-22. The ship was commissioned in 1959, carried almost 5,000 men on board and measured 1,070 feet. Its missions were held in Vietnam and the Middle East before being decommissioned in 1998 after 39 years of service. The companies that provided the contaminated materials were aware of the high risk of exposure to asbestos, but decide to keep silent. This is why they should sue those companies in order to receive some compensation.