Asbestos in the News: Issue 95

Asbestos in the News: Issue 95
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 34 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
How is asbestos affecting you? 61% of renovators exposed: Asbestos strikes fear into the heart of many property owners, renovators and tenants, and rightly so – it’s dangerous stuff. This month in Queensland it’s National Asbestos Awareness Month, where they’re making the focus DIY renovators.
UK Steel Plant Workers Alleged to Have Had “Snowball Fights” with Asbestos: Sadly, it appears to be an old story but one that still has a few chapters yet to be written. To that end, experts conversant with asbestosis disease in the UK say that asbestos cases from exposure dating back decades are not expected to peak before 2016.
Warren Buffett Watch: Thinking outside ‘asbestos tort box’: Recent discussion about Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s asbestos risk insurance prompted a contact from Rachel Maines, a visiting professor at Cornell University’s School of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
House Passes Offensive Legislation Harming Asbestos Victims and Families: House of Representatives voted 221 to 199 pass the FACT Act (H.R. 982), a special interest bill that jeopardizes the ability of those harmed by asbestos poisoning to hold corporations accountable for exposing them to a known carcinogen.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Board to hold public hearing on asbestos removal at old Irving school: The Board of Education on Monday will hold a public hearing on removing asbestos from the old Irving Elementary School.
Asbestos found at Kyneton kindergarten after site given all clear: Children returned to their classes at Lady Brooks Kindergarten in Kyneton yesterday after an asbestos scare last week.
More asbestos found in Rock Island school: An additional 10,000-square-feet of asbestos discovered on the second floor of the former Audubon Elementary School in Rock Island will cost $57,000 to remove, a spokeswoman for the Rock Island-Milan School District said Monday.
District to begin removal of asbestos in Tech High School: The St. Cloud school district is set to begin removing asbestos found in old plaster ceilings at Technical High School.
Asbestos reassurance after school teacher’s pay out: The education authority has reiterated its commitment to asbestos management in school buildings in light of the out-of court settlement to the widow of a Ratton school teacher who died from an asbestos-related death.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
Magic toy ‘could contain asbestos’: A magic toy sold at the Royal Melbourne Show and online could expose consumers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres, authorities are warning.
Mesothelioma Blood Test May Be Possible: An international team of researchers is studying the proteins found on the surface of cancer cells in an effort to improve mesothelioma diagnosis. The team, made up of scientists from the US, Switzerland, Italy and Chile, has just published their findings on a new kind of test to identify protein-derived mesothelioma biomarkers in blood serum.
Partial pleurectomy improved quality of life but not survival in mesothelioma: Video-assisted thoracoscopic partial pleurectomy significantly improved quality of life and control of pleural effusion compared with talc pleurodesis in patients with malignant mesothelioma in a randomized, controlled, multicenter trial.
Plymouth lawyer predicts asbestos cancer death spike: PAY-OUTS for people suffering from asbestos-related illness are hitting figures as high as £92,500, a leading Plymouth lawyer says.
Personalized Medicine for Mesothelioma Patients Gets Boost From the FDA: Doctors and researchers have long touted the benefits of personalized medicine – establishing a treatment plan based on a patient’s specific disease characteristics and needs – for mesothelioma patients. Treatment targeted to the patient’s particular traits optimizes the potential for success of the treatment, limits experimental treatments, and provides the patient with the assurance that his physician is not taking a “cookie-cutter” approach to his mesothelioma care.
Doctors Describe “Concrete Therapeutic Approach” for Mesothelioma: A team of medical researchers in Italy have achieved what they are calling “excellent” tumor control and survival results in malignant pleural mesothelioma patients using a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
Second Round of HIPEC Surgery May Extend Mesothelioma Patients’ Lives: Mesothelioma patients could benefit significantly from a second round of cytoreductive surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), providing a survival advantage over those who do not receive it, according to cancer researchers in Tampa.
Spanish Mesothelioma Deaths Likely to Continue for Decades: New research in Spain suggests that mesothelioma deaths will continue in the country until the “last surviving member” of the group of people exposed to occupational asbestos succumbs to the disease.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Patients return to Kidderminster surgery after asbestos closure: PATIENTS have returned to a Kidderminster surgery which was forced to temporarily relocate after asbestos was found in its cellar.
More asbestos discovered at Derbyshire’s closed Heanor Memorial Hospital: MORE asbestos has been discovered at Heanor Memorial Hospital.
Asbestos discovery will add to court house costs: The price of ongoing repairs to the Old Davidson County Court House will rise by about $250,000 after an asbestos coating was discovered on the structure.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (12)
Scots widow’s anger over £1500 payout for husband’s asbestos-related death: A WIDOW has spoken of her disgust after she received just £1500 damages following her husband’s asbestos-related death.
Dearborn resident sentenced for demolishing warehouse without removing asbestos: A man who authorities said took a shortcut while demolishing a warehouse in Dearborn last year has landed in federal prison. Khalil Mahmoud Saad, 40, of Dearborn was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Borman for violating the Clean Air Act. Saad was hired in November 2011 to demolish a vacant commercial warehouse at 10401 Ford Road, just west of Wyoming, and dispose of the debris. He hired an asbestos consultant who identified more than 1,000 linear feet of pipe insulation that contained asbestos and more of the same on a large boiler. Federal law says that all asbestos must be properly removed before any activity that would break up, dislodge or otherwise disturb it. Authorities said Saad hired workers in April 2012 to tear down the building and didn’t wet the asbestos so it wouldn’t go into the air.
Asbestos victim’s son vows to fight for justice after landmark ruling cites South Lanarkshire Council liable for his dad’s death: WHEN David Bavaird used to come home from work, he was cloaked in so much asbestos dust that his sons dubbed him the “snowman”.
Calif. Jury Awards $730,000 to Former Boilermaker, Ship Surveyor; Holds Asbestos Defendant Plant Insulation Co. 5 Percent Liable: A California jury has awarded $730,000 to a former boilermaker and ship surveyor who allegedly developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos-containing thermal insulation.
Welsh NHS could benefit as asbestos treatment laws passed by AMs: A law to allow the Welsh NHS to recover costs from negligent employers or insurers for those who develop diseases after exposure to asbestos was passed by Assembly Members tonight.
Saskatchewan becomes first province to require asbestos registry: Nearly a year after the death of an advocate from cancer caused by asbestos exposure, the Saskatchewan government has officially enacted a law named after him — a law making it mandatory for public buildings containing the notorious mineral to report it.
NL Government Must Deliver Justice to Asbestos Miners: The Newfoundland and Labrador government must take immediate action to ensure fair compensation for the health problems suffered by former asbestos miners and their families, a new advocacy group says.
Asbestos found in Southern General Hospital, Glasgow: The Health and Safety Executive has submitted a report to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service relating to asbestos in the plant room of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
Chevron settles asbestos suit: The family of the late Romeo Vera has reached a settlement in their suit against Chevron U.S.A. – the company they blamed for Vera’s asbestos exposure and death.
Glazing contractors exposed to asbestos risk: A Birmingham glazing contractor and a local school have been fined for failing to manage refurbishment works properly and exposing workers to asbestos.
Owner of Former Nestle Plant in Fulton Sentenced For Illegally Removing Asbestos: A historic plant in Upstate New York, near the shores of Lake Ontario, along with its new owners, is at the center of yet another controversy. Edward Palmer, owner of the former Nestle plant in Fulton, New York, was charged and sentenced for illegally removing friable asbestos from the property.
Dying woman wins payout from asbestos firm: A DYING woman has won a landmark case against a company for historic environmental exposure to asbestos. The 61-year-old woman lived only 500 yards from the Turner Brothers asbestos factory in Hindley Green when she was aged between five and 19. Years after being exposed to the dust, she has successfully recovered more than £70,000 compensation from the Turner & Newall Asbestos Trust after she was diagnosed with fatal asbestos cancer in 2012. She said: “When we were growing up, clouds of asbestos dust were visible in the air and would get on our clothes. I spent my childhood playing in the fields that surrounded the plant.
MISC. (2)
Home asbestos testing kits help protect lungs: Resources to help protect yourself and your family from asbestos were available across Winnipeg on Saturday. Winnipeg Air Testing set up at shopping centres across the city to give out the kits. “Well, a lot of people know that asbestos causes health affects in people, but what they don’t know is that many homes contain asbestos,” said occupational hygienist Doug Wylie.
Asbestos Policy Review Could Save Lives: An EQC policy of covering up asbestos in hundreds of quake-damaged Canterbury homes could be overhauled by the Government amid concerns about serious health risks.

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