Stuff You Should Know
Vessels built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos, a very poisonous substance, which could be found in their components like turbines, valves, 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 Kearsarge, an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier, with the hull number CV-33. The ship was commissioned in 1946, carried almost 3,500 men on board and almost 100 aircraft. Its operations were held in Asia before being decommissioned in 1970 after 24 years, which led to the receiving of two battle stars for the results obtained in the Korean War. 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.