The AmFELS Shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, has long constructed and repaired oilrigs and platforms. It was previously known as the Marathon LeTourneau Shipyard.
Keppel Corporation acquired a stake in the Brownsville shipyard in 1990. Keppel then acquired full control in 1992, which was also the year it changed the name to AmFELS Shipyard. The company officially changed the name again in 2004 to Keppel AmFELS.
Keppel was incorporated in 1968, and today is a leading conglomerate based out of Singapore, though it owns property worldwide. Keppel operates in three major areas: offshore and marine, property, and infrastructure. The AmFELS Shipyard is Keppel’s only U.S. shipyard.
Since the Industrial Revolution, and before strict regulations were written and enforced, asbestos was widely used in construction, as it is a strong, heat-resistant and cheap material.
Though asbestos is no longer used in construction, some old materials that contain the substance are still in use. The AmFELS Shipyard was certainly not the only construction site to use asbestos, as in the shipyard’s early days, the use of the substance was fully permitted.
However, the Environmental Protection Agency began imposing restrictions on asbestos use in the 1970s. Despite this, those materials remained on site, and many workers were not properly protected. Exposure to asbestos at this shipyard was particularly widespread, since the AMFELS shipyard has had many employees over the years, including for various government contracts.
When material that contains asbestos is disturbed (during demolition, construction, renovation, etc.) by workers, asbestos particles are released into the air. As workers inhale these particles, they are put at great risk of contracting various serious lung diseases and conditions.
Workers at the AmFELS Shipyard may have for many years unknowingly inhaled asbestos particles when they broke down old ships, insulation, pipes and other materials. The effects of asbestos exposure can take from 30 to 50 years to develop and eventually be diagnosed, so the workers had no idea of the irreversible harm their work was doing to them until it was too late.
One of the most dangerous issues surrounding asbestos exposure is the risk of contracting mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer whose only known cause is asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is in fact the sole known cause of mesothelioma, which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart. The same durability that makes asbestos an attractive building material also makes it hazardous to the human body. The particles cling to lung tissue and eventually create cancerous plaques. If you or a loved one worked at AmFELS Shipyard in Brownsville and were exposed to asbestos, you may be legally entitled to compensation for asbestos-related medical conditions that you have developed.
Kraft & Associates, P.C. can help determine if you may have a case, and provide you with quality legal counsel to get the compensation you deserve. We are friendly, professional and experienced. For a free consultation and claim evaluation, call (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.