World Asbestos Report News
Archives: April 2011
Asbestos-containing materials that were discovered in properties in York, UK, will be removed over the next few months after they were damaged significantly by the severe weather this past winter, the BBC reports.
April 29, 2011 -- Coroner: UK woman who worked at car plant died of asbestos disease
A coroner's inquest in the UK recently heard that a woman's on the job asbestos exposure led to her death.
April 28, 2011 -- Canadian man dies 11 years after mesothelioma diagnosis
Paul Douglas from the Vancouver, Canada area died last year, approximately 11 years after he was diagnosed with the deadly asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma, reports the Vancouver Sun.
April 28, 2011 -- Family of UK mesothelioma victim plans to fight for 'justice'
The family of a woman from Whitchurch, UK, who reportedly died last year of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos during the 1950s, will attempt to seek justice, the Bristol Evening Post reports.
April 28, 2011 -- Asbestos exposure issues emerge during cleanup of Japanese earthquake
The March earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused a great deal of damage to Japan but now that the natural disasters have passed, the country will have to deal with another major problem: asbestos.
April 27, 2011 -- Israel parliament approves law banning new asbestos uses
In March, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved a law that bans new uses of asbestos.
April 26, 2011 -- Former UK nurse with mesothelioma seeks compensation from hospital
A former nurse in the UK is reportedly seeking compensation from the hospital she worked for after she claims she developed malignant mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos at the facility.
With the significant amount of debris in Japan following the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, health officials with the U.S. Army are currently going through the wreckage and conducting tests for asbestos and other hazardous substances.
April 25, 2011 -- Australian farmer seeks to block quarry at former asbestos site
A farmer in the Australian state of New South Wales recently filed an asbestos lawsuit against the state government over a basalt quarry it intends to open.
April 22, 2011 -- UK widower seeks asbestos compensation for wife's mesothelioma death
A UK widower is seeking asbestos compensation for the death of his wife, who died of mesothelioma.
April 22, 2011 -- Asbestos advocates speak out against revival of Canadian asbestos mining
The Quebec government's recent decision to guarantee a $58 million loan to revive the province's asbestos mining industry has caused an outcry from many sectors.
April 21, 2011 -- UK factory worker dies from possible asbestos exposure
Perhaps proving that airborne asbestos can lead to deadly health risks, an employee from Moreton Sundoor, a fabrics factory, died from a rare cancer that was caused by inhaling poisonous fibers.
April 21, 2011 -- Scottish minister vows to fight for asbestos victims
A prominent Scottish politician recently told a trade union association that he would continue to fight for asbestos victims.
A contracting firm in the UK was recently fined for allowing its workers to be exposed to asbestos.
April 20, 2011 -- UK welder who wore asbestos-lined suit died of asbestosis
An inquest into the death of a UK welder who worked at nuclear power plants determined that the man died from asbestosis.
April 19, 2011 -- UK housing association adjusts asbestos plan
The Two Rivers Housing Association in Gloucestershire, UK, recently made changes to its asbestos handling procedures after a tenant was reportedly exposed to the carcinogenic mineral, the BBC reports.
April 19, 2011 -- Former Irish carpenter died of mesothelioma, inquest told
An inquest heard recently that a retired Irish carpenter died last November from mesothelioma that was caused by his exposure to asbestos, which reportedly occurred many years earlier in Britain.
April 19, 2011 -- Asbestos disturbed by Australian storm
A recent storm in Australia's Northern Territory has some locals scared that asbestos may have been disturbed.
April 19, 2011 -- Australian green-tech facility dealing with major asbestos issues
When the government of South Australia purchased a former Mitsubishi auto plant it was hoped that it could be converted into a green industrial facility. However, the discovery of asbestos has delayed those plans.
April 18, 2011 -- Rwanda government to remove asbestos from public buildings
Rwanda's Ministry of Infrastructure will reportedly spend a significant amount of money to remove asbestos from the roofs of public buildings throughout the country, the New Times reports.
April 18, 2011 -- UK man dies of lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos
John Saunders of Portishead, UK, contracted lung cancer and died recently after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos while working at the Portishead Power Plant, the Weston & Somerset Mercury reports.
April 18, 2011 -- Former UK naval veteran died of asbestos-related mesothelioma
A former IT engineer who served in the UK's Royal Navy recently died from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, an inquest has ruled.
Firefighters in the UK were forced to take extra precautions when fighting a fire at an abandoned garage to protect themselves from asbestos.
April 18, 2011 -- Union survey shows gaps in UK asbestos management guidelines, practice
A recent survey conducted by a UK union found gaps between official asbestos handling procedures and their actual practice.
April 18, 2011 -- UK coroner: Housewife's death caused by indirect asbestos exposure
A coroner's inquest in the UK recently heard that a housewife's mesothelioma death was caused by her exposure to asbestos on her husband's work clothes.
April 15, 2011 -- Australian lawmaker calls for asbestos audits
An Australian member of parliament recently called for asbestos audits to be carried out in a number of schools.
April 15, 2011 -- Cancer Society criticizes decision to expand Canadian asbestos mine
The Canadian Cancer Society has requested that the Quebec government withdraw its support for expanding the Jeffrey asbestos mine in the province, the Montreal Gazette reports.
April 14, 2011 -- Quebec gives approval to re-open Jeffrey asbestos mine
Despite protests from a number of sectors, the Canadian province of Quebec recently approved the expansion of the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
April 13, 2011 -- Asbestos work at London police headquarters to increase renovation costs
According to a report from the London, Ontario city council's finance committee, police are asking the city for nearly $1 million over two years to remove all asbestos that remains inside the London police headquarters.
April 13, 2011 -- Canadian judge rules against jail for alleged asbestos offender
A provincial supreme court in Canada recently ruled that an asbestos contractor who had been ordered to stop operations was not in contempt of court.
April 12, 2011 -- Major ruling in Scottish court for asbestos victims
In a major win for asbestos victims in the UK, a Scottish court recently rejected an appeal from a number of insurance companies.
April 12, 2011 -- Asbestos-containing vacuum cleaner stolen from UK pub
An industrial vacuum cleaner that was recently stolen from a UK pub is full of asbestos, police are warning the thieves.
April 12, 2011 -- UK parents await report in potential asbestos incident at school
The report on an asbestos incident that occurred at a UK school when a science experiment went haywire is expected to be ready after the Easter break.
April 11, 2011 -- Canadian campus cop: Asbestos responsible for building's condemnation
Campus police at a school in Ontario, Canada, recently had their building condemned because of asbestos.
April 11, 2011 -- Cleaning process begins after fire at asbestos-containing UK building
A group of specialists have begun to clear the site of a former asbestos-containing UK school building that was destroyed in a recent arson attack, the BBC reports.
April 8, 2011 -- UK family seeks re-location due to asbestos concerns
A Nuneaton, UK family is reportedly looking to be re-located from their one-bedroom publicly-owned apartment that they claim is "dangerous and unsuitable" due to disturbed asbestos.
April 8, 2011 -- UK retailer accused of exposing workers, public to asbestos
A UK retailer and two of the contractors it hired to carry out a renovation project were recently accused of exposing workers and customers to asbestos.
April 7, 2011 -- Canadian politicians spar over asbestos mining industry
Tory leaders in Quebec recently came out in defense of the asbestos mining industry in the Canadian province.
A bag that was dumped on the front lawn of a property in Worcester, UK, which was believed to contain asbestos, has mysteriously disappeared.
April 6, 2011 -- Philippines environmental groups push for asbestos ban
Labor and environmental groups in the Philippines recently asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to update the Chemical Control Order to completely ban asbestos, reports the Manila Bulletin.
April 6, 2011 -- UK woman angered over asbestos left on doorstep for weeks
A UK woman is reportedly upset that three bags of asbestos removed from the wall of her apartment by a worker have been left on her doorstep for two weeks, reports the Hendon Times.
April 6, 2011 -- Family of UK mesothelioma victim awarded compensation
The family of a woman who died from malignant mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-related cancer, recently received a five-figure compensation payment, reports the Bolton News.
April 5, 2011 -- UK man stricken with mesothelioma seeking financial assistance
A Croxley Green, UK man suffering from the rare asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma has reportedly appealed for financial assistance to help him pay for the treatment he is receiving that is keeping him alive.
A recent report found that that the asbestos levels at many construction sites across the Canadian province of Quebec exceed regulatory standards.
April 4, 2011 -- Australian students and staff members to be briefed on asbestos
Students and staff at the Mareeba State High School in north Queensland, Australia, will reportedly be briefed on asbestos by a health adviser from Education Queensland (EQ), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
April 4, 2011 -- Caution in UK after fire at asbestos-containing building
UK residents who live near the site of a fire at a structure that contained asbestos were recently advised to keep their windows closed.
April 4, 2011 -- Canadian politician to re-examine stance on asbestos
The leader of one of the largest political parties in the Canadian province of Quebec said that his organization would review the safety of asbestos mining.
April 1, 2011 -- UK gift shop fined for exposing workers to asbestos
A specialist gift shop in the UK was recently hit with a £15,000 fine after it allegedly exposed some it its electrical contract workers to asbestos, the Bristol Evening Post reports.
Construction work on a new John Lewis store in Exeter, UK, has reportedly been put on hold for a month after asbestos was discovered in the former Debenhams building, which is being transformed into the store, the Express & Echo reports.
A retired pipe fitter in the UK who claimed he most likely came into contact with asbestos dust throughout his entire career recently died of malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, the Bristol Evening Post reports.
April 1, 2011 -- Science experiment causes UK students to be exposed to asbestos
A science experiment gone wrong led to about 70 UK students being exposed to asbestos.