Asbestos in the News: Issue 64

Asbestos in the News: Issue 64
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 21 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Taconite study could answer Iron Range health concerns: The highly-anticipated results of a 5-year, almost $5 million study by researchers at the University of Minnesota will be released April 12 on the Iron Range. Researchers have medically tested and interviewed hundreds of current and retired range workers, examining thousands of records going back several decades in an effort to see if there is a link between work in the taconite mines and mesothelioma, a rare cancer linked to asbestos exposure. “The study is super important because we’re dealing with people’s lives,” current Steel Workers United President Bob Bratulich said in Eveleth, a stone’s throw away from a vacant mine. “If something is causing this, whether it’s in the rock or the way the rock is being crushed or the way the material is being processed, than we need to know about that so we can fix it.”

Study: Cancer, work in taconite industry linked: Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers on Friday to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study, which began in 2008, linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause. The researchers said they have more work to do.
Apprentices had snowball fights with asbestos – says Pontlliw man who died from asbestosis: POWER station workers used to have “snowball” fights with asbestos, unaware of the potentially lethal effect. This is what Robert Maurice Jones had to say, prior to his death from asbestosis, a Swansea inquest heard.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Ball-Chatham bids under way to remove asbestos from schools: The Ball-Chatham School District is soliciting bids for the removal of asbestos at three schools. The work is related to remodeling and reconstruction projects that will be paid for with a $35 million bond issue voters approved in November, Dave Murphy, the district’s director of facilities and grounds, wrote in an email.
Asbestos removal planned at school: A Catholic school in Innisfail will require removal of asbestos as part of an extensive renovation project that gets underway next year. Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools will be upgrading the Grade 1 to 9 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School.
Teacher still seeking answers on asbestos violations: North Shore School District 112 was fined two years ago for multiple violations regarding asbestos removal projects at several of its schools dating back to 2007, but one teacher is still seeking answers. Steve Bartel, a Lincoln School fifth grade teacher, appeared before the school board recently to ask that it “come clean on the asbestos violations that have taken place over the years, and to let the public and the staff know what happened and not keep it quiet anymore.”
ASBESTOS IN SCHOOLS SIGNPOSTS AND GUIDANCE: Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes, typically fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. System buildings (for example CLASP, SCOLA, SEAC, MACE, ONWARD) constructed during the period 1945 -1980 were widely used for the construction of school premises. These buildings can have structural columns fire proofed with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Former carriageworks employee believes asbestos killed more than official figures show: IT is already thought to have claimed more than 140 lives – but now a campaigner has claimed the true death toll from York’s asbestos timebomb may be even higher. Paul Cooper, a former York Carriageworks employee and trade unionist who now plays a leading role in the York Asbestos Support Group, has written to York Central MP Hugh Bayley to raise his concerns. He said that as well as causing mesothelioma, he believed asbestos probably led to cancers in many other parts of the body, including the stomach and the testicles.
Asbestos exposure, asbestosis, and smoking combined greatly increase lung cancer risk: The chances of developing lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure, asbestosis and smoking are dramatically increased when these three risk factors are combined, and quitting smoking significantly reduces the risk of developing lung cancer after long-term asbestos exposure, according to a new study.
Widower’s plea to Melksham workers: A widower whose wife died from an asbestos-related cancer has appealed for her former colleagues to help as he fights for compensation. Kay Brunsden died in August 2011 from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer linked to asbestos inhalation. Husband Derek, of Stockley Lane, Calne, is now asking anyone who worked with her at Wiltshire Council, especially in the highways depot in Lancaster Road, Bowerhill, between 1986 and 1988, to come forward to help his claim against the council. It is believed Mrs Brunsden was exposed to asbestos fibres during renovation work at the depot on old buildings there, including former WW2 aircraft hangars.
Mesothelioma Patient Undergoes World’s First Robot-Assisted Extrapleural Pneumonectomy in Arizonia: Dr. Farid Gharagozloo of the University of Arizonia Medical Center has performed the world’s first and second robot-assisted extrapleural pneumonectomies, the University of Arizona reports in a press release. An extrapleural pneumonectomy is an aggressive surgical procedure performed on some patients with mesothelioma. It involves removal of the lining of the patient’s lung, the lung itself, a portion of the diaphragm and lining of the heart.
Skin Growths May Point to Mesothelioma: Could benign skin tumors be a warning sign for mesothelioma? One of the world’s leading authorities on mesothelioma says the same genetic mutation that predispose certain people to skin cancer may also put them at higher risk of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare but serious cancer of the membranous tissue that surrounds and encases the lungs, heart and abdominal organs. Its primary cause is exposure to airborne asbestos. However, one of the great mysteries of this highly aggressive cancer is why it strikes some asbestos-exposed individuals and not others?
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Asbestos fear in housing trust home: A woman and her daughter fear they have been exposed to deadly asbestos fibres after moving into a property owned by Watford Community Housing Trust. Joanne Halward’s daughter Carly was given the property in Fleet House on the Holywell Estate in August last year, and discovered it needed major repairs. A leaky water tank had caused damage in the ceilings, as well as spreading damp and mould throughout the house. The mother and daughter attempted to redecorate, only to be told that the damaged ceiling tiles contained asbestos, and the flat needed to be completely refitted.
Former Whittington Hospital midwife diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer: A former midwife with asbestos-related cancer suspects her time at the Whittington Hospital could be responsible for the disease.
Asbestos removal as Penryn memorial hall renovated: Work started this week on the removal of asbestos and treatment of woodworm at the Stuart Stephen Memorial Hall in Penryn.
HSE raps council over town hall asbestos: A safety watchdog has rapped Waltham Forest Council over its handling of asbestos at the town hall. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a series of improvement orders on the authority stating it has failed to draw up legally-required plans for, and records of, managing the cancer-causing fibre at the site in Forest Road, Walthamstow.
Report says asbestos contained: Asbestos has been found in more than a dozen civic buildings, but will remain contained unless it is disturbed, states a report going to city committee. Responding to a question from Coun. Pat Lorje, city administrators stated there are 14 buildings known to contain asbestos, with another 75 “likely” containing the substance.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (4)
Nebraska Men Sued for Dumping Asbestos near Rivers: Two men charged with the demolition of an old motel in the town of Falls City, Nebraska are now being sued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha because they failed to properly abide by state and federal laws governing the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. An article in the Lincoln Journal Star reports that the men in question worked for Vision 20-20 Inc., the company that tore down the old Stephenson Motel and built the new Vision Inn Motel at the same location. Brian D. Palmer was a director and Jerry R. McKim was an officer for the company. Both are named in the suit.
Defendant removes another asbestos lung cancer suit to federal court: One of more than two dozen defendants in an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit has removed the matter to federal court. United Technologies Corp. (UTC) on Monday filed a notice to remove the suit that William Wood filed in July from the Madison County Circuit Court to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Wood sued UTC and 27 other companies, claiming that he developed lung cancer as a direct result of being exposed to the defendants’ asbestos-containing products.
Illegal action over asbestos costs £7,200: A STABLE owner and agricultural engineer have been ordered to pay £7,200 in fines and costs for a series of offences involving the storage and attempted illegal disposal of asbestos. Magistrates at Bodmin heard how in February 2012 Catherine Perkins obtained planning permission for a new equestrian development at Bears Farm, St Giles on the Heath, near Launceston. A planning condition was that two large disused chicken sheds be demolished to make way for the scheme and all redundant materials be cleared from the site.
Proposed Missouri Legislation is Double-edged Sword for Mesothelioma Patients: A proposed bill in the Missouri State senate might just assist mesothelioma patients in obtaining more and better workman’s compensation for their pain and suffering if their disease was caused by asbestos exposure on-the-job, reports an article in the Lake Expo, but it will also take away their right to sue employees for their negligence. Legislation known as Senate Bill #1 is making its way through the state government, dealing with a number of issues including one that will specifically impact those who’ve developed mesothelioma because of occupational exposure.

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