Asbestos in the News: Issue 114

Asbestos in the News: Issue 114
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 31 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)
An Asbestos Decision That Disserves Our Vets: Asbestos is one of those lethal toxins that should not persist as a problem in this country, but it does. Companies still use it, workers are still exposed to it and 10,000 Americans still die from asbestos-related illnesses every year. In January 2014, a new ruling was issued in an asbestos case involving Garlock Sealing Technologies. You may never have heard of this company, but anyone who has worked on a Navy ship or submarine probably has. Garlock made gaskets that contain asbestos, which are used in pipes and valves that transport hot fluids — so hot, in fact, that the gaskets often disintegrate and require replacement. Sometimes by the time a worker gets to the asbestos gasket, it is “crushed” and “baked to the surface” and has to be pulled or torn off in “bits and pieces,” as one worker explained in testimony. This creates dust. And the dust is inhaled.
The Deadly Toll of Shipbreaking: Possibly the single biggest reason shipbreaking moved away from coastal North America is asbestos. Most ships built between about 1920 and 1980 were well insulated with asbestos. For this reason, older and retired shipyard workers are at high risk of developing mesothelioma. Today, the cost of safely removing asbestos takes the profit out of the shipbreaking business — unless the business is moved to a place where workers have no protection from unsafe working conditions. These same countries often have lax environmental protection policies, and there is little accountability for what is done with the asbestos once it is removed.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
Virtual Community Can Ease Mesothelioma Stress: Mesothelioma patients and their families can reduce their stress and feel more supported by getting involved in an online community. That is the conclusion reached by researchers at in the Psychology Department at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia.
Studies Find Biomarker Blood Tests May Help in Mesothelioma Management: New published studies from around the world indicate that different protein biomarkers can play different roles in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Off-Label Drug Use Beneficial to Mesothelioma Patients: Mesothelioma patients in the UK are fighting hard to get the Medical Innovation Bill passed so that doctors will use supplementary medicines approved for other, similar conditions to treat them when all other mesothelioma-approved treatments have failed. In the United States, however, patients already have the benefit of doctors prescribing off-label drugs.
Protein Biomarkers in Mesothelioma Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment: Three separate teams of international researchers have confirmed that proteins found in the blood can reveal some vital information for the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of pleural mesothelioma. These new studies on mesothelioma biomarkers indicate that all three of the studied proteins have value, but for different reasons.
Researchers Say Safe Asbestos Handling Critical to Minimize Mesothelioma Risk: Two lung cancer experts from a cancer center in Amsterdam say a study of Dutch construction workers proves why safe asbestos handling laws are so important. An article on their insights has just been posted on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
MolMed reports top line results of NGR-hTNF in the phase III trial in malignant pleural mesothelioma: MolMed S.p.A. (MLM.MI) today announced the results of the double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase III trial of NGR-hTNF versus best investigator choice in 400 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma who had previously failed a first-line chemotherapy.
Bay State drugmaker targets asbestos-linked cancer: Last year, more than 107,000 people worldwide died from mesothelioma. Now, drugs developed by a wave of drugmakers, from tiny Verastem Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., to giant GlaxoSmithKline Plc in London, are bringing new hope that the deadly disease’s silent march within the body may be slowed or stopped.
Radical Surgery Outcomes Better in Women: Women with epithelial mesothelioma who receive induction chemotherapy prior to surgery have the highest chance of benefitting from the radical surgical approach known as extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP).
British Team Links Genes with Mesothelioma Treatment Response: Scientists at two London hospitals have found that identifiable genetic variations could be used to tailor treatment planning in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Asbestos fear closes Auckland school: An Auckland primary school will be closed for more than a week over an asbestos scare.
Grammar school Bloomfield Collegiate admits asbestos health breaches: A Northern Ireland grammar school has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches relating to its management of asbestos.
Parent raises asbestos concerns at a Racine school: “We had a building and grounds staff member working in the field house in Olympia Brown Elementary and found asbestos in the air handler,” Racine Unified School District spokeswoman Stacy Tapp explains as soon as the staff member found the asbestos, tests were done to make sure the air was safe.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
Owners plead guilty to 15 counts of fraud: The owners of a Tacoma company that was among a mere handful certified by the state to train workers to inspect or handle asbestos pleaded guilty in Superior Court for faking training programs for years.
ASBESTOS SURVEY NOT SHARED WITH THOSE AT RISK: Redwood Contractors Ltd has been prosecuted for failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos insulating board (AIB) at a Berkshire warehouse thereby exposing a foreman and others to potential harm when the AID was removed during refurbishment work.
Refurb foreman kept in dark over asbestos threat: A Battersea contractor has been fined for failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos insulating board (AIB) at a Berkshire warehouse.
Family sues Chevron in mesothelioma case: The family of a mesothelioma victim is suing his employer over toxic exposure.
Two City Hall inspectors plead guilty in Kensington Heights asbestos case: They were supposed to be the watchdogs, the final word on whether asbestos was properly removed from the Kensington Heights housing complex. Instead, they allowed cancer-causing material to escape into the air. Two City Hall inspectors, William Manuszewski and Donald Grzebielucha, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor crimes in connection with the botched asbestos-removal effort at the vacant East Side development.
Mersey man awarded over £100,000 compensation over deadly asbestos ‘fog’ at Aintree factory: A Merseyside man who was exposed to a deadly “fog” of asbestos in his late 20s has won more than £100,000 in damages from his former employer.
Man Indicted In Illegal Asbestos Abatement Case: Between October 4 and October 9, 2013, Netto is alleged to have knowingly released over 1,000 pounds of friable and non-friable asbestos-containing into the environment while conducting an illegal asbestos abatement at 222 Academy Street in Watertown.
Iowa Jurors Award $6.5 Million in Asbestos Case Against Weil-McLain; Assess Defendant 25 Percent Liability: An Iowa jury has awarded $6.5 million to a former plumber who testified that he came into contact with asbestos-containing products while working with Weil-McLain’s boilers.
Actor’s Widow Files Asbestos Lawsuit: Among the long list of industries that one expects to see involved in an asbestos lawsuit, the television industry might not rank high. Generally, when it comes to asbestos claims, plaintiffs and their families tend to be involved in construction, oil and gas, or other heavy industries. But, a recently filed asbestos lawsuit alleges that even television actors are vulnerable to asbestos injury.
Last worker who violated Clean Air Act pleads guilty: The final defendant who violated the Clean Air Act while removing asbestos from the Kensington Towers on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo has pleaded guilty.
Contractor admits bungling Kensington Heights asbestos work: During their work at the Kensington Heights housing complex, Ernest Johnson’s employees dumped asbestos down holes cut in the floor.
Wolverhampton hotel owners fined thousands of pounds over asbestos risk: The owners of a hotel in Wolverhampton have been fined thousands of pounds for putting staff at risk of exposure to asbestos.
Ninth Circuit denies requests to remand former Pearl Harbor machinists’ asbestos lawsuits: On Friday, a federal appeals court denied requests from former U.S. Navy servicemen and their families to remand their asbestos lawsuits to state courts, affirming a Hawaii federal court’s decision that the federal officer removal statute had been met.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos removal nearly complete at Camsell Hospital: After a decade-long delay, redevelopment of the old Charles Camsell hospital is expected to take a step forward that asbestos removal is nearly complete.
Asbestos Abatement Ungoing in Stockton Firehouse: A spokesman for the Stockton Fire Department said it is uncertain when Station 6 will reopen as workers continue asbestos abatement efforts in the 1940s-era building just south of The Haggin Museum in Victory Park.
Warning issued after asbestos was disturbed at the Royal Victoria Hospital: Patients were put at risk after asbestos was disturbed at a hospital in Folkestone.
MISC. (1)
ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein Issues Statement in Opposition of the U.S. House “Chemicals in Commerce Act”: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today issued this statement from Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and ADAO President and Co-founder.

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