The Foster Wheeler Corporation, called Amec Foster Wheeler since 2014, provides engineering design and construction services for power plants and industrial facilities. A global corporation, its largest office in the U.S. is located in Houston. It focuses on projects for chemical and gas monetization, the offshore and onshore upstream industry, and the sectors of petrochemicals, chemicals and minerals.
The Foster Power Specialty Company and Wheeler Condenser & Engineering Company joined to form the company in 1927. Prior to the merger, both companies had contracts with the U.S. Navy, supplying it with steam condensers and boilers. Foster Wheeler also produced steam generators and steam drums. In addition to Navy ships, the company’s products and equipment are also used in chemical plants and refineries.
Because asbestos is an excellent heat insulator, these products and others contained asbestos until the 1970s. Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now largely bans asbestos, many of the manufactured items, such as boilers, are still used and still contain asbestos.
When asbestos is disturbed or agitated, or its powder form is not contained, its microscopic fibers float in the air and may be inhaled. The fibers then adhere to the lining of the lungs. The fibers largely remain in the lungs and can cause lung and breathing difficulties. Sometimes they develop into tumors and cancers, including mesothelioma, a rare form of fatal cancer. Quite often, many years or decades have gone by before a victim is diagnosed with a problem related to asbestos exposure.
During World War II, Foster Wheeler produced and supplied gaskets, insulation, valves, seals, roving material, pumps and refractory block insulation to the U.S. Navy for battleships, liberty ships and destroyers. Boilermakers, shipyard workers and pipefitters were very exposed to this toxic material. This also included workers who worked in the plants that manufactured these materials.
Workers who were exposed to asbestos while working for Foster Wheeler Corporation include those who worked in manufacturing plants which made, maintained and repaired steam generators, marine boilers, steam drums and surface condensers.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos while working for Foster Wheeler and contracted mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
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