Also Worked as a Boilermaker at Babcock and Wilcox (B & W) Plant in Wilmington, N.C. in 1950s and 1960s
Richard H. was born in Rocky Point, North Carolina in April 1935. He later married and had two sons.
He was exposed to asbestos for about 38 years, while working as a journeyman trade worker from 1953 to 1991, which included his jobs as boilermaker, welder and pipefitter.
Richard was diagnosed with asbestosis in April 1997, at age 62. In later years it progressed to the point where he required the use of oxygen at all times, i.e., 24/7.
Richard worked as a pipefitter and/or welder at the following places:
- Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS & DDC) in Newport News, V.A., from 1958 to 1962
- B & W Electronics in Wilmington, N.C. in 1967
- Hicks & Ingle Corporation from 1968 to 1969 in Castle Hayne, N.C.
- B.F. Shaw, Inc. in Leland, N.C. and Kinston, N.C. from 1966 to 1971
- H.K. Ferguson Company in Williamsburg, V.A. from 1971 to 1972
- United Engineering Group in Virginia in 1972 and 1974
- Daniel Construction Company in Leland, N.C. in 1973
- Algernon Blair, Inc. in Riegelwood, N.C. from 1973 to 1974
- Betchel Corporation in Hancocks Bridge, N.J. from 1982 to 1985
- Tyger Construction Company in 1987
- Master Mechanical Contractors, Inc. in North Carolina from 1987 to 1988
- Federal Paper & Supply, Inc. in Riegelwood, N.C. from 1989 to 1991
- Flame Refractories, Inc. in Riegelwood, N.C. in 1990
- Powerplant Maintenance Specialists in Wilmington, N.C. 1991
In addition, Richard worked as a boilermaker at Babcock and Wilcox (B & W) Plant in Wilmington, N.C. from 1953 to 1958 and from 1962 to 1966.
While performing his job duties at the various places, he was exposed to the following asbestos-containing products:
- Pipe covering insulation: Kaylo, Unibestos, Armstrong, Johns-Manville
- Block insulation: Kaylo, Unibestos, Johns-Manville
- Insulating cement: Kaylo, Pittsburgh Corning
- Boilers: Combustion Engineering, Babcock & Wilcox, Foster Wheeler, Riley Stoker
- Duct sealant
- Sheet: Garlock
- Ceiling Tile
- Fire brick
- Rope: Garlock
- Joint compound
- Gaskets: Armstrong
- Cloth: Garlock
- Fireproofing cement
In his work at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, he worked next to pipefitters that were using various asbestos products.
While working as a pipefitter and as a welder on jobs assigned by Local #785 in Raleigh, N.C., he was worked directly with asbestos products half the time, and the was exposed to asbestos indirectly the other half. He would never put asbestos insulation on the boilers and pipes, but he would take it off in order to get at pipes to repair them. He worked next to the insulators who mixed asbestos mud.
In his work as a boilermaker at the B & W plant in Wilmington, Richard was constantly exposed to asbestos while making new boilers. He mixed asbestos mud occasionally, drilled and sawed asbestos both himself and was next to other people doing this. He also worked inside boilers to put on asbestos insulation and other component parts which consisted of asbestos.
Richard was in the United States Navy Reserve from 1953 to 1961.
Some of the major defendants from Richard’s asbestos lawsuit were AC&S, Owens-Illinois, Dresser Industries, W.R. Grace, and A.P. Green Industries.
In addition to that lawsuit against the asbestos manufacturers, a North Carolina workers compensation claim was filed against the responsible employer, Flame Refractories, Inc.
North Carolina asbestos lawyer Tom Lamb represented this Burgaw, N.C. Journeyman Pipefitter / Welder and Boilermaker in an asbestosis lawsuit — as well as the related N.C. workers compensation claim — which resulted in significant settlements obtained from the asbestos companies and the responsible employer.
Our law firm has gotten legal compensation for many asbestos clients with cases involving asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma caused by their past exposure to asbestos containing materials which they worked with or around at various types of N.C. work sites all across the state.
- Babcock & Wilcox Asbestos Exposure: Workers Compensation Claims: Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma