Asbestos in the News: Issue 90

Asbestos in the News: Issue 90
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 24 stories we thought may interest you!
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Why asbestos should be banned: There has been an outburst of public anger after the ‘discovery’ of asbestos polluted social housing, despite there being several other topical asbestos related incidents. This coupled with the spectacular Turin trial against some captains of industry who were sentenced for knowingly exposing their workforce for decades to the killing fibre and the alarming reports of annual death rates among teachers who were working in asbestos containing public schools. In turn, the driving thoughts behind recent research by a group of outstanding international experts were of a more pragmatic nature. The aim was to document that asbestos is still carried around the globe and that there is no reason to retreat from the fight against the trend and its effects. Unfortunately, the European Union (EU)-wide ban is not the end of the hazardous story; it is only one of the necessary steps to protecting workers and citizens against the fatal consequences of the use of a mineral fibre that started as the eternal, global insulation champion. The fairy tale of ‘safe handling’ that still leads to import and use in large parts of the world has to stop. In the following sections we summaries major developments that led to a slow phasing-out in Europe and a turn to other continents by the industry.
Asbestos found in one in four pre-purchase inspections: Asbestos is found in one in four homes during their pre-purchase building inspections, according to Jim’s Building Inspectors. Buildings built between the mid 1980s to 1990 are likely to contain asbestos, while buildings after 1990 are considered unlikely, according to the Australian government.
Photos: Common items that contained asbestos
Identifying asbestos walls and understanding health risks: Asbestos walls can contain three asbestos types including chyrsotile (white asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos). Commonly manufactured products used for asbestos walls include Asbestos Cement Sheet; Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB); asbestos corrugated wall lining; partition fence in garden; cement or AIB spandrel panels to internal or external asbestos walls; and external wall cladding to fibro homes.
Mesothelioma Case Shows Danger of Accidental Asbestos Exposure: A mesothelioma case in Birmingham, England is a dramatic illustration of the very real danger of hidden asbestos.
Edinburgh Uni urged to axe asbestos claim academic: EDINBURGH University is facing pressure to sever links with a leading academic whose work has become embroiled in a US court case. Ken Donaldson, emeritus professor at the institution, coauthored papers which the New York Supreme Court heard “intended to cast doubt on the capability of chrysotile asbestos to cause cancer”.
Fears and facts about asbestos removal: Slowly but surely, asbestos is being cleared from the environment. What is the risk from the cleanup of the odd stray fibre?
New Research Finds Supplement May Boost HIPEC Treatment, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new animal study conducted in Croatia and detailed on Surviving Mesothelioma appears to show that the flavonoid quercetin, found in fruits, vegetables and grains, may make the heated chemotherapy treatment known as HIPEC more effective while protecting healthy cells against toxicity.
Asbestos-related illnesses still killing more and more people each year: An increasing number of Tayside residents are falling victim to life-threatening asbestos-related illnesses, new figures have shown.
New Study Says PET/CT is a Valuable Predictor of Survival in Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new study conducted in London and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma suggests that the information provided by FDG PET/CT can be used to accurately predict a patient’s likelihood of survival.
‘Somebody has to take a stand’ — former policeman urges council to get on top of asbestos lock-ups problem: A former police officer is campaigning to force the council to remove asbestos from car garages and lock-ups across Perth and Kinross.
Ballarat businesses fined after unsafe asbestos removal: The father and son owners of Ballarat Garden Supplies and Enviropine Timbers appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court, where they pleaded guilty to charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme: The U.S. Justice Department has announced that a New Jersey man will spend 15 months in prison for his part in a scheme to illegally dump thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris – putting others at risk for mesothelioma. He was the last person to be sentenced in the conspiracy.
Firm fined for asbestos at Ellesmere Port plant: A fertiliser manufacturer has been fined £60,000 after around 50 workers were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres at its plant at Ince Marshes near Ellesmere Port.
Asbestos widow awarded £180,000: A woman whose husband died from an asbestos-related cancer after working at a power station in Gloucester has been awarded £183,200 in compensation.
Lung cancer asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County: Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to St. Clair County’s asbestos docket. Steve and Marsha Bostick filed an asbestos lawsuit Sept. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 65 defendant corporations. The Bosticks do not specify where they reside.
Asbestos suit filed by cancer patient over work-related expsosure: Several companies have been named in an asbestos lawsuit filed by a man who contracted lung cancer, which he attributes to his exposure to asbestos from the early 1970s.
Pa. SC reinstates defense judgment in consolidated asbestos cases: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently overturned a lower appellate court’s ruling that allowed three asbestos mass tort claims to proceed, with the high court noting that even the plaintiffs in the consolidated cases admitted that the litigation should be tossed.
Battle lines drawn over mesothelioma costs: A leading defendant firm has called for an immediate end to the exemption for mesothelioma cases from the costs provisions of LASPO.
2 charged over asbestos work at Kent apartments: The manager of a Kent apartment complex has been charged in federal court with failing to take proper steps to protect workers and others from asbestos during a renovation.
Pa. widow files asbestos mass tort on behalf of late husband who succumbed to mesothelioma: The widow of a lung cancer victim is suing three companies that dealt in asbestos, contending her late husband died as a result of injuries he sustained because of his exposure to the fiber during his working years.
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Hudson Valley Neighborhood Site of Illegal Dumping After Inspection at Renovation Revealed Possible Asbestos Contamination: A New York neighborhood is suffering from extensive, hazardous and potentially costly illegal dumping after a New York State Department of Labor [DOL] inspection suspended work at a renovation project. The stop-work ruling was the result of a DOL inspector’s suspicions that the apartments undergoing renovations could potentially have asbestos. As a consequence, the large trash containers used by the site contractors to collect renovation debris are required to stay on the property. Now, these open, unsecured bins are attracting dumpers and critters alike.
San Francisco Clamping Down on Illegal Dumpers of Hazardous Materials, Asbestos: The Bayview area of San Francisco, California is cracking down on individuals and companies illegally dumping hazardous materials in the community. In an effort to curtail the illegal dumping while catching the perpetrators, the Department of Public Works is beginning a series of “sting operations.”
Our products are free of asbestos content, Eternit insists: Eternit Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost roofing and ceiling materials manufacturer, is insisting that its products, which also include concrete roofing tiles, are without asbestos content as insinuated in some quarters.

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