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Newport News, Virginia is home to several asbestos exposure locations, which may have put employees at risk for lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Among the asbestos exposure locations in Newport News are the Franklin Printing Company, Newport News Shipbuilders-Drydock, Newport News Shipyard and Riverside Hospital. These workers may have been exposed to asbestos which can lead to serious health problems.

A naturally occurring mineral, asbestos was widely used in the production of countless products including shingles, drywall, clothing, pipes, tiles and cement. Because of its insulating properties and heat resistance, asbestos was also used aboard many naval vessels. In fact, asbestos use peaked during World War I, World War II and the post-cold war era.

The Newport News Shipyard, as well as other shipyards, used great quantities of asbestos in the production of naval vessels. The mineral was used in boilers, hot water pipes, ceiling tiles and tanks, putting workers aboard the ships at risk for asbestos-related diseases. Because the Newport News Shipyard produced a countless number of vessels and used asbestos in numerous locations aboard these ships, many workers, including plumbers, pipefitters and electricians, could have been exposed to the harmful mineral.

The Newport News Shipyard built a variety of vessels including the following: USS Nimitz, USS Boxer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Essex, USS Midway, USS Ranger and the USS Coral Sea CVA 43, among others. The shipyard in Newport News also produced the SS United States, one of the largest passenger vessels in the world. Those working aboard these ships may have ingested or inhaled asbestos fibers. These fibers can stay in the replica rolex watches body and later cause asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Workers aboard naval vessels built by the Newport News Shipyard are not the only Virginia employees who could have a history of asbestos exposure. Because asbestos was used in a wide variety of products, a number of other employees could have been exposed. For example, the Franklin Printing Company and Riverside Hospital located in Newport News have also been cited as rolex replica asbestos exposure sites.

Virginia workers who were exposed to asbestos may not develop symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses for several decades. The latency period for asbestosis, which causes scarring of lung tissue, ranges from 10 to 40 years. Those who develop mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure may not experience symptoms for up to four decades.

Although the Newport News Shipyard and other Virginia asbestos locations have undergone extensive cleanup to remove the harmful mineral, many workers have already been exposed. Individuals who suspect they have a history of asbestos exposure should schedule an appointment with their physician to screen for asbestos-related illnesses.

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