Asbestos in the News: Issue 116

Asbestos in the News: Issue 116
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 42 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
No single registry for asbestos house cases: A project manager for a company that manages repairs on behalf of Fletcher Construction has claimed up to 60,000 people could have been exposed to lethal asbestos fibres.
Asbestos ‘time bomb’ warning for Illawarra: MP: The Illawarra community will be left to shoulder the “time bomb” of deteriorating asbestos buildings if the federal government axes the agency charged with asbestos safety and management, Throsby MP Stephen Jones has warned.
Firefighters have higher rates of cancer: Firefighters account for double the reported cases of mesothelioma, a rare cancer which targets the thin tissue that covers many internal organs.
Asbestos registry expanded for Saskatchewan public buildings: The provincial government announced its making public buildings safer for Saskatchewan workers by enacting asbestos regulations associated with The Public Health Act, 1994 or Howard’ Law.
Ed Lauter Asbestos Lawsuit Casts Wide Net: The list of companies accused of exposing actor Ed Lauter to asbestos, the toxic mineral blamed for causing the pleural mesothelioma that eventually killed him, could continue to grow, according to documents obtained by Asbestos.com.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (7)
Anti-Alcoholism Drug Disulfiram Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment: An FDA-approved drug used since the 1950s to treat alcoholism has shown considerable promise in suppressing the spread of mesothelioma and enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy, according to a recently published study.
Hospital asbestos exposure led to the death of doctor: A DOCTOR from Wallingford died after years of exposure to asbestos when he was a medical student, a court heard.
Research Finds Asbestos-Exposed People Unlikely to Outlive Mesothelioma Risk: Researchers from Italy and Australia say the lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma after asbestos exposure may decline slightly over time but never entirely disappears. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted a new article on the research.
Asbestos: biggest workplace killer: The CTU is deeply concerned about the exposure to deadly asbestos Christchurch rebuild workers are experiencing. Fletchers, the major contractor responsible for a significant part of the rebuild project, will be in court on Friday facing possible charges for not complying with the law and keeping workers safe.
Findings Support Alternative Mesothelioma Biopsy Technique According to Surviving Mesothelioma: Scientists comparing two methods of obtaining pleural tissue for mesothelioma diagnosis say the less-invasive method may be a good option for certain patients.
Scientists Say FDG-PET Effective at Tracking Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma:
Researchers studying the effectiveness of the imaging method called 18F-FDG-PET for peritoneal mesothelioma say it is good at detecting both the presence and absence of cancer.
Needle Biopsy an Effective Alternative for Some Mesothelioma Patients: Mesothelioma patients who are not good candidates for thoracoscopy can still get a definitive diagnosis with a procedure called cutting-needle pleural biopsy. A team of Oxford-based scientists compared the two procedures to determine whether ultrasound-guided cutting needle biopsy could produce enough tissue to diagnose mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Prep students return to asbestos-free building at Wales St Primary School in Thornbury: A SCHOOL building at the centre of an asbestos scare has been given the all clear with prep students moving back in this week.
Killinghall classroom reopens after asbestos ceiling collapse: After a ceiling containing asbestos collapsed, the eight month refurbishment of a reception classroom at Killinghall Primary School is now complete.
Embattled LSU Studio Arts Building closes for asbestos removal: LSU’s embattled Studio Arts Building, the safety of which has been subject of recent debate, will remain closed this week and next for asbestos removal.
Investigation launched after asbestos risk closes school: Investigations are underway after an Auckland primary school was forced to close its doors for more than a week because of potential asbestos contamination.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (15)
North Carolina could be fourth state to pass asbestos transparency laws: North Carolina’s state Senate is currently sitting on a bill that, if passed, would make the state the fourth in the nation to enact an asbestos bankruptcy trust transparency law, joining Wisconsin, Ohio and Oklahoma.
Appeals court cites prosecutorial misconduct in overturning asbestos-related convictions against Syracuse company: A federal appeals court cited prosecutorial misconduct this week when it overturned criminal convictions against a Syracuse environmental lab related to asbestos removal projects.
Boise construction company fined for asbestos violation: Owyhee Construction Inc. will pay $100,000 and spend three years on probation after violating a federal environmental law when it failed to capture broken cement pipe that contained asbestos during a 2009 upgrade of the city of Orofino’s water lines.
Two Major Victories for Asbestos Plaintiffs Exposed to Brakes Which Contained Asbestos: This week there were two major victories for asbestos plaintiffs, who were exposed to asbestos containing brakes. The first case was against Ford.
Pennsylvania Man’s $1M Mesothelioma Verdict Holds in Appellate Court: Men and women throughout the United States and the world have suffered devastating illness and disease as a direct and proximate result of asbestos exposure. Indeed, medical experts and worker safety advocacy groups agree: The only safe amount of exposure to asbestos is zero.
Asbestos removal firm Angus Group Ltd fined £109,000: A Paisley-based asbestos removal company has been fined more than £100,000 for exposing workers to dangerous fibres while demolishing a former school building.
Axing of asbestos watchdog shocks head: A battle is looming over the fate of the federal government’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, which was earmarked for axing in the budget papers.
Bill would target asbestos ‘double-dipping’ claims: State lawmakers are being asked to put new restrictions on asbestos lawsuits after a federal bankruptcy judge’s withering criticism earlier this year of plaintiffs’ attorneys in some of the cases.
Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Could Result in Separate Lawsuits for Same Person: Asbestosis lawsuits and mesothelioma lawsuits, both linked to a person’s exposure to asbestos, involve a variety of complicated claims often concerning a number of plaintiffs. Because asbestosis and mesothelioma can take a long time to develop, there can be many factors involved in an asbestos lawsuit, such as the plaintiff’s lifestyle, other jobs and proving who is responsible for the asbestos exposure. Recently, a court ruled that just because a plaintiff has settled an asbestosis lawsuit and signed a release form, that does not mean a future lawsuit cannot also be filed.
Managers jailed for asbestos deaths: An Italian court on Friday issued jail sentences ranging from 4 to 9-and-a-half years for 27 former managers of the ILVA steelworks, blaming them for contributing to the deaths of 31 workers through exposure to asbestos.
Revised regulations to protect workers from asbestos: Revised regulations for better protection of workers from exposure to asbestos – mineral fibres in construction material that can cause diseases – will take effect from May 30. That is when the Workplace Safety and Health (Asbestos) Regulations will replace the existing Factories (Asbestos) Regulations.
Beach contamination leads to prison time for Myrtle Beach man in asbestos case: A Myrtle beach contractor will spend six months in prison and pay a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal court today to charges of asbestos pollution along the Myrtle Beach oceanfront and neighboring properties, according to the U.S. attorney’s office and Environmental Protection Agency.
Pa. appellate court affirms $1M jury verdict, cites inconsistencies in defense expert opinions: Following appeals from both parties, a panel of judges in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a jury’s $1 million verdict for a former auto mechanic after detailing expert inconsistencies on behalf of Ford Motor Company.
WA company fined $5500 over asbestos: A company in Perth has been fined $5500 for failing to properly identify the presence and location of asbestos at one of its worksites.
Asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County by former Texaco worker: A man is suing over claims his lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Asbestos Removal Begins at Downtown Princeton Hospital Site: A contractor has started to remove asbestos from the inside of the hospital buildings on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton, town officials confirmed today.
Children exposed to asbestos: A Sydney deputy mayor and property developer has had to temporarily close one of his construction sites after claims potentially fatal asbestos was handled incorrectly.
Asbestos exposed in Hereford Ambulance Station garage: Asbestos has been exposed inside the garage of a recently refurbished ambulance station’ forcing bosses to keep about 30 ambulance vehicles outside, a union has said.
Asbestos found at Chichester’s County Hall: MEETINGS have had to be relocated from Chichester’s County Hall after asbestos was discovered in the ceiling above the main chamber.
MISC. (7)
Closer look at factors needed to measure risk of asbestos at sites, experts say: Whether asbestos found in soil poses a threat to humans depends on a variety of factors, including what type of asbestos it is and how much was found, according to experts and government officials.
Alumni call for revoking of Schmidheiny degree: Nearly two decades after Yale awarded Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny an honorary degree, dozens of alumni are calling for the University to rescind its highest honor.
Asbestos complaints rocketing: Workers complaining of asbestos exposure in Canterbury have increased by 350 per cent following the Christchurch earthquakes.
Call For Grounding Naval Service Over Asbestos Concerns: The Irish Examiner reports on a solicitor’s call for all Irish Naval Service vessels to be immediately docked and checked for asbestos.
Mr Fluffy asbestos found in Canberra home twice declared safe by inspectors: A family has been forced to flee their Canberra home after potentially deadly asbestos fibres were found in children’s clothes and toys.
James Hardie profit surges, but asbestos claims still rising: Building materials firm James Hardie has more than doubled its profit and announced a special dividend.
Mr Fluffy asbestos found on children’s clothes and toys in Canberra home: A Canberra family with young children has been exposed to deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos that had fallen down the back of the children’s wardrobes, contaminating their clothes, toys and personal belongings.

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