Asbestos in the News: Issue 34

Asbestos in the News: Issue 34
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 14 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Superstorm Sandy leaves behind the threat of asbestos exposure: Superstorm Sandy will be leaving behind more than the obvious death, destruction and darkness that it leveled on millions of Americans this week. It will leave behind more subtle dangers, too. When the cleanup begins, another threat remains. The risk of asbestos exposure has increased significantly in the wake of Sandy. It happened in 2001 when the World Trade Center in New York crumbled from a terrorist attack. It happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina leveled a good portion of New Orleans. It happened in 2011 when tornadoes tore through Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving so much devastation behind.
Asbestos: the nearly invisible killer: When renovating older homes or buildings, renovators, contractors or trades should always be on the look out for asbestos, as it can be a silent killer if disturbed. If you find materials you suspect might be asbestos, stop work right away, as your health and everyone else’s around you is at stake. Bring in experts who deal with these kinds of issues all the time. We recommend contractors acquaint themselves in advance on the different applications that asbestos was used for in older homes & buildings. It’s all about educating yourself.
Storm Debris Could Expose Many to Toxic Asbestos: The moniker “Frankenstorm” seems to have been an appropriate one for Hurricane Sandy, which caused havoc for an estimated one-third of the United States this week, resulting in nearly 100 deaths in the Caribbean and on the U.S. mainland. Left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are homes, schools, factories, and other commercial buildings in various states of disrepair, from those with minor damage to others that have been completely obliterated. In Queens, NY, for example, an entire neighborhood was gutted by fire and at least 100 homes were lost in that area alone. Americans up and down the East Coast now must begin to pick up the pieces….literally. Cleaning up after a storm is never an easy task but it’s one that many homeowners choose to take on themselves. Sifting through the debris, they look for treasured photos, favorite toys, and other souvenirs of a life before the storm. Their reaction is normal but not necessarily safe. All sorts of hazards lie in the post-storm debris, including asbestos, which was a common component in building materials for more than three-quarters of the 20th century.
Asbestos in the Home: Though asbestos use essentially ended by 1980, there are many old homes that still contain asbestos insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, shingles, siding, and other items. Homeowners who perform do-it-yourself projects should NEVER remove or manipulate asbestos products on their own!
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (2)
Asbestos: Call for routine tests after Cwmcarn closure: Growing concern about asbestos levels in schools has led to calls for routine testing for airborne fibres in classrooms in Wales. A BBC Wales investigation has found there is no acceptable safe limit for exposure to asbestos dust in schools. Campaigners have said airborne testing must be introduced.
Thirty four schools in Torfaen contain asbestos: THERE are 34 schools in Torfaen which contain asbestos, figures from the council show. The news comes amid renewed calls for an audit of asbestos in schools after the closure of the 937-pupil Cwmcarn High School in nearby Caerphilly county following the outcome of a structural report which revealed the “continued risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.” Nearly 200 of Gwent’s 265 schools contain asbestos, figures released byt eh five local authorities show. That includes 53 in Newport, at least 30 in the Caerphilly county borough, 28 in Blaenau Gwent and 31 in Monmouthshire.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (2)
Exposure to asbestos contributed to death: A MAN’s exposure to asbestos dust during his time working for British Telecom in Bristol contributed to his death, an inquest heard. John Phelan, 75, a retired technician, inhaled asbestos while working as a labourer at BT’s central exchange in Queen Charlotte Street. An inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court heard Mr Phelan, of Weston-super-Mare, died at Weston Hospice on January 28. Mr Phelan had been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a form of asbestos-related cancer.
Electrical workers told to wear asbestos suits: Electrical workers at a major state-owned power company have been ordered to wear full asbestos hazard suits and respirators when approaching electricity meters at homes built before 1988. Amid evidence that Endeavour Energy has been following asbestos safety guidelines that are years out of date, the company on Wednesday strengthened requirements for staff working at older homes.
The move comes three days after Fairfax Media revealed 2 million houses in NSW built before 1988 could be harbouring lethal asbestos dust.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Asbestos forces Perth police to move: ASBESTOS found in the roof at one of Perth’s major police stations has forced officers to relocate. Staff at the Fremantle Police Complex are moving to leased accommodation after proposed works to replace the air conditioning plant at the station identified asbestos in the roof structures. While the asbestos does not pose an existing problem, staff cannot remain there during the removal process.
Man died after ‘asbestos exposure’ at old Leeds asylum: A schizophrenic man died from mesothelioma after inhaling asbestos during a 27-year stay at High Royds Hospital in Leeds, his family claims. John Gogan, from Meanwood, passed away from the form of lung cancer in July, having spent almost three decades as a patient at High Royds. His family, including his sister Betty Hutchinson, are now planning to file a claim to Leeds and York Partership NHS Foundation Trust in a bid to seek justice over his death.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (3)
Attorney General Says Resident Spread Asbestos Throughout Neighborhood: A resident of Acushnet, Massachusetts has been charged by the Attorney General’s office with violations of the state Clean Air Act for improper removal of asbestos materials, an incident that may have resulted in exposing others in the area to the hazardous material. According to an article in South Coast Today, Ronald Oliveira has been charged with failing to properly remove asbestos shingles from several properties that he was renovating. The lawsuit, which seeks fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation, alleges that Oliveira did not follow proper asbestos abatement procedures nor did he take safety precautions to protect others when he removed the shingles on three homes in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the months between September 2009 and April 2011.
Too little too late say victims of asbestos related cancers as pay-outs sore: SCORES of workers are sharing hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation each year after being diagnosed with a fatal asbestos-related cancer. Solicitors say they are instructed by around 70 people every year to sue their former employers. Statistics show that North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – particularly the industrial areas of Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe – are hotspots for industrial disease. Thompsons Solicitors says it believes the figures are currently rising due to the numbers of people who would have been exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 70s now reaching old age.
Asbestos violation costs developer $1.5 million: A Eugene man was ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution and sentenced to five months of home detention Wednesday after pleading guilty to negligently exposing Sweet Home residents to asbestos particles during his 2007 demolition of buildings at an old sawmill site. Daniel Desler’s guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge was part of a plea deal that also included three years of probation and 300 hours of community service for the 68-year-old business owner. A federal grand jury in 2011 indicted Desler on nine criminal counts in connection with his failure to safely remove asbestos-­containing materials before beginning demolition of buildings at 2210 Tamarack St.
MISC. (1)
Asbestos: A deadly dust with a growing legacy in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire: DOZENS of people every year are receiving the devastating news that they have contracted a fatal disease brought on by asbestos dust which was common in many workplaces. But a union hopes claiming compensation will be made easier for victims and their families by a new database recording the details of workers, companies and their insurers involved in cases of asbestos exposure in the past.

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