Massachusetts was settled in 1620 by the Pilgrims and is located in the New England area of the United States. It is bordered by the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The eastern part of the state lies on the Atlantic Ocean.

Boston, Massachusetts, is located on Massachusetts Bay near the mouth of Charles River. The Boston Naval Shipyard in Boston is one of the oldest facilities that has been building and repairing ships for the United States Navy. The shipyard was in operation from 1801 until 1974. Throughout its 174 years in service, the shipyard built over 200 ships for the Navy and repaired thousands of other Naval ships. Shipyards were a major source of asbestos exposure. The Navy heavily used asbestos in building, and repairing ships during the 1900’s. Unfortunately, workers at the shipyard were heavily exposed to asbestos.

The state of Massachusetts also produces naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. At one time, the state had two commercial asbestos mines. The W.R. Grace & Company mine, located in North Cambridge, is particularly famous. This corporation was one of the major players in the asbestos industry whose management was well aware of hazards of asbestos, yet failed to warn or protect their employees from the dangers of asbestos.

Other industries that once flourished in Massachusetts also utilized asbestos products. Massachusetts was home to many factories and mills, especially in the river towns of Lawrence and Lowell. This has resulted in thousands of workers being exposed to asbestos products.

Hundreds of Massachusetts residents have died from mesothelioma or asbestosis over the past 40 years. Because asbestos-related cancers develop decades after exposure, asbestos-related deaths continue to be found among people in Massachusetts. Experts believe that the incidence of mesothelioma will continue to rise for many years before reaching its peak, followed by a gradual decline. Thousands of mesothelioma cases will continue to be diagnosed nationally for many years to come.


Below is a list of occupations that put Massachusetts workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Workers & Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Paper Mill Workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheet metal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators and Workers
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Massachusetts job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other job sites in Massachusetts where asbestos was used.


  • Amherst College


  • A C and S, Inc.
  • Armstrong Cork Company
  • Barnstead Still & Stir Co.
  • Boston College
  • Boston Edison Company
  • Boston Gas Co
  • Boston Sand & Gravel Co.
  • Boston University
  • Braman, Dow & Company
  • Brandeis University
  • Brookline Police Station
  • Burlington Mall
  • Cambridge Electric Light Co
  • Charles P. Blouin, Inc.
  • Chelsea Naval Hospital
  • Coaters Inc.
  • Coleman Industrial Insulation
  • Exxon
  • Fairlawn Hospital
  • International Paper Co.
  • John L. Ray Oil Co.
  • Logan International Airport
  • Mantville Power Plant
  • Massachusetts Correct. Inst. For Women
  • Mirak Building
  • Negea Elecectric Power Plant
  • New England Insulation Co.
  • New England Power Co.
  • Noges Insulation Co.
  • Northeastern University
  • Norton Company
  • Otis Air Force Base
  • Perrini Corp.
  • Phoenix Urban Inc.
  • Pilgrim Power Station
  • Prudential Tower
  • Quartermaster Research & Engineering Center
  • Refractories & Building Specialties
  • Sisters of St Joseph
  • Squares Packing Co.
  • St. Josephs Hospital
  • State Street Office Building
  • Stone & Webster Engineering Corp.
  • Suffolk Downs
  • The Kendall Co.
  • Thermal Insulation Corp.
  • Thermodynamics Corporation
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Walter J. Ballou Co.
  • West End Development
  • Western Electric Company
  • Westinghouse Turbine
  • Worcester County Courthouse


  • Fort Devens
  • Johnson Asbestos Company


  • Braintree Light Co
  • Canal Electric Co.
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • General Motors Corp.
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harwood Engineering Company, Inc.
  • Holyoke Valve & Hydrant Co.
  • John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Liquid Metals Inc.
  • Maine Yankee Fitting Stock
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Metro Insulation Co.
  • Monsanto Chemical Co.
  • Riley Stoker Corp.
  • Swift & Co.


  • Boston Navy Shipyard
  • Eastern Refractories
  • N. E. Industrial Center
  • N.E. Baptist Hospital
  • P. S. Thorsen Company

East Boston

  • Bethlehem Steel Co.


  • Fitchbury Gas & Electric Co
  • Fore river Railroad Delivery
  • Fore River Shipyard
  • Hinman Corporation
  • John Hancock Building
  • White Fuel Co
  • Winch Park School


  • General Motors Corp.
  • Roy O. Leonard


  • AT& T Co.
  • Oxford Paper Company


  • JFK Federal Office Bldg.
  • Liquid Metals Inc
  • M DC Police Station
  • St. Mary’s Parish


  • National Research Corp.


  • General Electric Co.


  • Acton Products
  • Bethlehem Steel Co.
  • General Electric
  • North Billerica Company
  • Proctor & Gamble Mfg. Co.
  • Prudential Center
  • Quincy Fore River Shipyard
  • Randolph Manufacturing Co.


  • Monsanto Co.


  • Deer Island Power Plant & Pumping Station
  • Norton Co.
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Samuel Cabot Corp
  • Stauffer Chemical Co.
  • Worcester Electric & Light
  • Worcester Gas Light Co.
  • Worcester Hospital & Medical Center
  • Worcester State Hospital
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • Worcester Telegram Publishing Co
  • Worchester Mall
  • Wyman Gordon
  • Yankee Atomic Electric Co


The high levels of asbestos used in Massachusetts industries have been reflected in the health of Massachusetts workers, hundreds of whom have died from asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Like other asbestos diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 and 50 years later.

Due to this latency period, the number of Massachusetts mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Massachusetts today. The most significant risk of exposure today comes from the removal of asbestos containing products particularly when buildings are demolished.

In the 20 year period from 1980-2000, over 600 mesothelioma deaths were reported in Massachusetts.


Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman has worked on behalf of workers from Massachusetts to help them recover compensation for their mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, it is important that you contact a skilled attorney with experience in asbestos litigation. In addition, time is of the essence, because you have a limited amount of time to file suit.

We urge you to contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.