ASBESTOSIS--THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

Under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the Jones Act), an injured seaman has the right to sue his employer if his injury was the result of unseaworthiness or of negligence on the employer's part. The existence of asbestos on board a vessel is prima facie evidence of unseaworthiness. Any seaman who can prove that he has an asbestos-related disease and served on a vessel in a capacity that brought him into contact with the product has a clear-cut case. The author feels that litigation involving asbestosis will be with the industry for many years to come and discusses the dimensions of the problem. He then calls it only "the tip of the iceberg," however, because of the many other hazardous substances and shipboard conditions that he feels will inevitably be the cause of sustained claims against shipowners for decades. Matters at issue include exposure to petrochemical products, benzene, and a variety of chlorinated hydrocarbons; inhalation of aluminum dust; and exposure to engine room noise with resultant hearing loss.

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  • Authors:
    • Cassedy, J H
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  • Pagination: 8p.

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  • Accession Number: 00657631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM