Asbestos Risks: Manville Tries to Pass the Buck
Nature. 1983 Jul 28; 304(5924): 299.
The issue of compensation for thousands of workers who allegedly suffered health damage from overexposure to asbestos in World War II shipyards has resulted in a suit against the federal government by the Manville Corporation. The company is seeking to recover $1 million it has already paid out to former workers and to broaden the government's liability to cover not only naval shipyards, but also private yards that were required by wartime law to accept government contracts. The suit claims that the government failed to enforce federal safety standards despite the fact that officials were aware of the dangers inherent in excessive exposure to asbestos. (KIE abstract)