Asbestos in the News: Issue 41

Asbestos in the News: Issue 41
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 8 stories we thought may interest you!
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Cancer society applauds asbestos registry, but says it should be mandatory: The Canadian Cancer Society says Saskatchewan’s move to make public a registry of government buildings that contain asbestos is a good first step. The society says Saskatchewan has shown leadership by being the first province in Canada to do so. But the group says the province should go further and make the registry mandatory for all public buildings.
Tokyo court orders state to pay ¥1 billion to compensate asbestos victims: The Tokyo District Court ordered the central government Wednesday to pay ¥1.06 billion in redress on behalf of workers who contracted asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer at construction sites due to insufficient official countermeasures, but it let the makers of materials using the mineral off the hook. It was the first ruling to acknowledge the state’s responsibility among class-action lawsuits filed with six regional courts over construction workers’ exposure to asbestos. In the first ruling on the lawsuits, the Yokohama District Court in May ruled totally against the plaintiffs.
Asbestos leads to school closure: A Manitoba First Nation shut down its school Monday due to safety concerns after a worker found 25 bags of asbestos stored in a crawl space. On Tuesday, Berens River Chief George Kemp said council ordered the K-9 school closed after a worker discovered more than two-dozen bags full of asbestos in the school’s crawl space. He said it’s unsafe for the school’s 350 students and 100 staff to go in the school until an independent investigation determines there is no health danger.
Asbestos found in museum engine: Staff cleaning vintage steam engine Josephine were never at risk from asbestos found in the locomotive’s hulk, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum director Linda Wigley says. Ms Wigley said museum management followed strict procedures. Decontamination had immediately been carried out, eliminating risk. Dunedin community newspaper D Scene was told this week staff discovered the asbestos while cleaning the engine in readiness for display.
Inspector pleads guilty in Kensington Heights asbestos case: The botched demolition of one of Buffalo’s oldest public housing complexes took a new turn Tuesday – an admission that workers on the project tried to cover up the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos. Henry Hawkins, a compliance monitor on the failed project at Kensington Heights, admitted falsifying inspection reports in order to protect Johnson Contracting, the Buffalo company hired to remove asbestos from the complex’s six towers.
Ohio Bill Would End Secrecy Over Asbestos Claims: The Ohio Senate today is scheduled to consider a bill that would end the secrecy surrounding trusts set up by bankrupt companies to pay out asbestos claims. The bill, passed by the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this year as House Bill 380, would require plaintiffs filing a new asbestos claim to disclose all the prior claims they’ve filed against other trusts.
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Asbestos cleared from Sydney’s underground: Workers will be removing asbestos from some of Sydney’s small underground power stations over Christmas in a bid to rid the power industry of the potentially deadly material. Asbestos will be removed from 10 small electricity substations around the city over the coming months, including at Circular Quay and Hyde Park, Ausgrid said. It comes after the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) released internal Ausgrid documents last month which showed about 49 cases of asbestos-related illness linked to the company in 22 years.
Geely MK expands Chinese vehicle asbestos recall: The Chinese-built Geely MK small car has been recalled in Australia after asbestos was found inside two of the vehicle’s engine components. All three of Australia’s cut-price Chinese passenger vehicle brands have now been involved in an asbestos-related recall, with the Geely announcement coming less than four months after almost 24,000 Chery and Great Wall vehicles were recalled for a similar safety risk.

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