Robinson vs. Electric Boat
Date Issued: February 15, 2017
Russell J. Robinson vs. Electric Boat Corporation (self-insured); Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, United States Department of Labor
Russell Robinson was a welder for Electric Boat about four decades ago. He was a smoker and he also suffered exposure to asbestos while working for Electric Boat. Electric Boat is a subsidiary of General Dynamics and has a history dating back to 1899. The company has a shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, an outfitting facility in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and it also has an engineering building in New London, Connecticut. The company makes submarines, including nuclear powered subs.
The Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, United States Department of Labor has intervened as a party in this case because of the questions of Workers’ Compensation and the fact that Mr. Robinson did make a claim under it. The Facts
Mr. Robinson worked for Electric Boat as a welder in the 1970s. Afterwards, he worked for other, non-covered employers and he retired voluntarily. Robinson was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment with Electric Boat. In 2009, he was diagnosed with stage IIIB non-small cell carcinoma of the right lung. Thereafter, in August of 2010, Mr. Robinson filed a claim for benefits under the Connecticut workers’ compensation law. In January