World Asbestos Report News

Archives: August 2010

August 31, 2010 -- Asbestos discovered in Australian prison

Asbestos was recently found in the prisoners' living quarters in the biggest jail in Australia's Northern Territory.

August 30, 2010 -- Team clearing development site fear asbestos exposure

A team that was clearing a development site has recently discovered that the area was used as an unofficial dump - which may have had asbestos.

August 28, 2010 -- Eight UK firefighters suffer asbestos exposure fighting blaze

A fire in an English town left eight firefighters needing to be decontaminated because they endured asbestos exposure while battling the blaze.

August 27, 2010 -- NHS to pay for mesothelioma treatment carried out in Germany

The National Health Service (NHS) is expected to pay for mesothelioma treatment that Ron Bonfield of England will receive in Germany.

August 26, 2010 -- UK construction firm fined for asbestos violations

An English construction company recently pleaded guilty to asbestos violations after knowingly exposing its employees to the deadly mineral.

August 25, 2010 -- Researchers find protein that may help identify mesothelioma earlier

Japanese researchers have identified a protein molecule that is helpful in the identification of malignant mesothelioma.

August 24, 2010 -- UK ship breaking company admits to asbestos violations

An English ship breaking company recently admitted that it broke three asbestos regulations, putting workers in danger.

August 24, 2010 -- Asbestos stops building of UK town council offices

The discovery of asbestos has delayed construction of offices for a town council in England.

August 23, 2010 -- Asbestos found in old Scottish food factory

Asbestos was recently found during the demolition of the Wilson's food factory in Kilwinning, Scotland.

August 21, 2010 -- Demolished pub spreads asbestos fears in UK

The demolition of a pub in England that was built in the 1840s has caused fears that asbestos from the rubble may be escaping into the surrounding area.

August 21, 2010 -- UK city's policy is to not inform residents about presence of asbestos

Thousands of people are at risk of asbestos exposure in an English town, according to the Milton Keynes Citizen.

August 20, 2010 -- Aussie lawmaker: Asbestos in maternity ward 'appalling'

An Australian member of parliament says that the asbestos-plagued ceiling at a maternity ward is falling apart.

August 19, 2010 -- Council investigates illegal dumping of asbestos in Howlong

The Corowa Shire Council is currently investigating an illegal dumping of asbestos at a Howlong, Australia waste facility.

August 19, 2010 -- Asbestos threat high at Australian elementary school

Excavation work in accordance to the Australian government's "Building the Education Revolution" project at Mount Pleasant elementary school may have exposed teachers and students to asbestos fibers.

August 18, 2010 -- Asbestos cleanup to begin at Australian cricket field

Local authorities in Australia recently said that they would begin to clean up asbestos that was dumped near the construction site of a cricket field.

August 18, 2010 -- Asbestos closes down UK preschool

Asbestos was recently discovered at a preschool in England, prompting the closure of the facility.

Augusut 18, 2010 -- Asbestos could complicate ceremony honoring first Australian saint

The southeast Australian town of Penola is urgently trying to rid the town of asbestos, before Mary MacKillop is officially recognized as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI this October.

August 18, 2010 -- Residents at Darwen Anchor Estate told not to worry about asbestos

People living in apartments at Darwen Anchor Estate in England are being reassured that they have an unlikely chance of being exposed to asbestos during maintenance work.

August 17, 2010 -- Four UK schools found to be unprepared to deal with asbestos

A recent inspection of a number of schools in the UK revealed that the education facilities did not have asbestos management plans, which English law requires.

August 17, 2010 -- 18-year-old UK girl dies of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a disease typically associated with older people, as it usually takes decades for asbestos exposure to manifest symptoms of the rare and deadly cancer. However, the illness can also affect the young, a lesson that one UK girl was tragically forced to learn.

August 16, 2010 -- Court finds that chemist died from asbestos exposure

A court recently determined that Fred Harris died from mesothelioma, that developed after prolonged exposure to asbestos.

August 16, 2010 -- Widow looks to husband's old colleagues for help in legal investigation

When Thomas Hainsworth, 77, from Harrogate, England died of mesothelioma earlier this year, his wife knew she had to continue fighting his case in court.

August 14, 2010 -- Asbestos concerns may close Australian school

Parents are concerned that an Australian school may simply be closed down because the cost to remove the asbestos in the facility might be prohibitive.

August 13, 2010 -- Potentially asbestos-contaminated soil spread over sports fields in Australia

The excavation for the foundation of a new school building in Australia turned up large chunks of asbestos and the dug up soil was disposed of by spreading it over sports fields and covering it with top soil, prompting outcry from asbestos advocates.

August 12, 2010 -- UK residents plan protest over proposed asbestos dump

Residents of an English town are preparing to stage a protest against a proposal that would build an asbestos storage facility near their homes and a local school.

August 12, 2010 -- Coroner: UK builder's mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure

A UK coroner recently determined that a former builder's mesothelioma was caused by the asbestos exposure he suffered on the job.

August 12, 2010 -- Stolen trailer with asbestos results in public health warning

A public health warning has been issued around Staffordshire, England after a trailer containing asbestos waste was stolen.

August 12, 2010 -- Asbestos fears prevent parents from taking children to Hallett Cove Beach

With the last couple of weeks of summer vacation closing in, kids and parents are anxious to make the most of the rest of the break. However, parents are refusing to take their children to Hallett Cove Beach, in South Australia, because of asbestos fears.

August 11, 2010 -- Study: Russians have a high risk of developing mesothelioma due to asbestos use

Russians have a higher risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses due to the continued use of asbestos in building materials, according to a new study.

August 10, 2010 -- Australian asbestos expert cautions home renovators

One of Australia's top asbestos researchers is warning his fellow countrymen that their houses have a very high chance of containing the deadly mineral.

August 10, 2010 -- New opportunities given to pensioners denied injury compensation after developing mesothelioma

Pensioners from Wigan, England were given hope after previously being denied industrial injury compensation after developing mesothelioma on the job.

August 9, 2010 -- Famous gardener died from asbestos exposure, court finds

An English court recently ruled that award-winning gardener, Pamela Schwerdt, died of lung cancer that was caused by asbestos exposure.

August 5, 2010 -- Two men organize asbestos support group

Two men from the UK have organized a support group to help people suffering from asbestos related illnesses.

August 5, 2010 --- Hospice to receive payout from company liable for patient's death

An east London hospice will receive more than ?10,000 after a judge ruled against a company in the death of one of the hospice's patients.

August 5, 2010 -- Australians want asbestos assurances

Residents of a town in New South Wales, Australia, are demanding that officials assure them that they are not being exposed to asbestos.

August 4, 2010 -- Indian state withdraw requests to open asbestos mine

The Indian state of Rajasthan recently withdrew its request to the national government to lift bans on the mining of asbestos.

August 4, 2010 -- Asbestos dumped at popular picnic area

Asbestos roofing was recently found at a popular picnic area that overlooks the sea.

August 3, 2010 -- UK sets up asbestos victims' compensation system

Workers in the UK suffering from asbestos-related diseases will be able to apply for a ?5,000 disbursement from the government.