World Asbestos Report News
Archives: August 2011
August 31, 2011 -- Reopening of public baths in UK delayed after asbestos discovery
Swimmers looking to take a break from the heat at the Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath, UK, were disappointed recently when it was announced that the baths will not reopen until this winter after asbestos was discovered.
August 31, 2011 -- Additional asbestos discovered at former UK college
The demolition of the last remaining building that was part of the former Tresham College in Kettering, UK, has been delayed after work crews reportedly discovered more asbestos than originally expected.
August 30, 2011 -- Australian mesothelioma victim awarded $1.15 million by court
An Australian court recently gave a mesothelioma victim a more than $1 million asbestos award.
August 26, 2011 -- BBC looks at rising asbestos-related mortality
A report broadcast by BBC News addressed the rising rate of asbestos-related fatalities in the UK. The story's central focus is carpenter Derek Reid, who was recently diagnosed with a terminal lung disease and told that he had just five years to live.
August 26, 2011 -- Asbestos dumped near school in the UK
Residents of Hornsey, United Kingdom were shocked when they recently found asbestos covered corrugated metal illegally dumped, or "fly tipped," near a children's park and school, according to the Hornsey, Crouch End and Muswell Hill Journal.
August 25, 2011 -- UK builder dies of asbestos-caused lung cancer
A British man who worked as a builder for decades recently died of asbestos-caused lung cancer, reports the Preston Citizen.
August 24, 2011 -- Ex-MP with terminal lung cancer points to asbestos exposure
An ex-Member of Parliament (MP) from British Columbia and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in Canada is currently struggling with terminal lung cancer, which he ascribes to exposure to asbestos.
August 24, 2011 -- Australian homeowners concerned about possible asbestos exposure
Two Australian homeowners have expressed concern that they may have been exposed to asbestos, as a nearby house that reportedly contained the material is currently being demolished.
August 24, 2011 -- Charity walk for asbestos in Ontario
There will be a charity walk for people who have lost their lives to asbestos in Sarnia, Ontario, on October 1. According to the Sarnia Observer, the founders of the event believe that it is now gaining support because of a recent spurt in national attention to asbestos.
August 23, 2011 -- UK trucking companies fined for illegal asbestos disposal
A number of UK trucking companies were recently fined for illegally dumping asbestos-containing waste on a farm in Cornwall.
August 23, 2011 -- Canadian op-eds lament the exportation of asbestos
A hotly debated topic in Canada right now is the country's position on asbestos, which some of its legislators want to continue to export, even in the face of a potential ban by the United Nations.
August 19, 2011 -- Asbestos exposure linked to death of former UK dock worker
An inquest heard recently that a Hampshire, UK man worked with asbestos throughout his career, which likely played a role in his death in June.
August 19, 2011 -- Asbestos-related deaths in UK reach record levels
Deaths from asbestos-related cancers have reached all-time highs in the UK in the latest indication that the effects of being exposed to the carcinogen often do not manifest themselves for decades.
August 19, 2011 -- UK bowling alley closed following asbestos discovery
The Harborough District Council in the UK recently shut down a bowling alley after an inspection indicated that asbestos located in the ceiling needed to be dealt with.
August 19, 2011 -- Concerns over handling of asbestos arise in Australian town
A work site in Pitt Town, Australia, has reportedly been shut down after concerns were expressed about how asbestos was being handled and transported by contractors.
August 19, 2011 -- Doctors call on Canadian MP, surgeon to ban asbestos
A large group of doctors in Canada recently wrote to Conservative member of parliament and orthopedic surgeon Kellie Leitch to help ban asbestos.
August 18, 2011 -- Rash of illegal asbestos dumping in UK sparks health risks
UK authorities are warning residents to be careful following a spate of instances of illegal dumping of asbestos.
August 17, 2011 -- Public health expert calls for ban on asbestos mining in Quebec
Worldwide, more than 107,000 people die every year from asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure, according to the World Health Organization. Citing figures like this, retired professor of public health Fernand Turcotte has been pushing the Quebec government to deny loans to a potential asbestos mine in the area.
August 17, 2011 -- Bags of asbestos dumped near Welsh pond
More than 50 bags of asbestos were recently dumped near a fish pond in Caerphilly County, Wales, with cleanup expected to be extremely costly, reports the BBC.
August 16, 2011 -- Australian asbestos compensation fund at risk of drying up
An asbestos compensation fund set up by a building materials company for asbestos victims in Australia is reportedly in danger of running out of money.
August 16, 2011 -- Indian miners are diagnosed with asbestosis by the dozens
More than 100 Indian miners in the state of Rajasthan have been diagnosed with asbestosis, a lung-scarring disease caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibers.
August 15, 2011 -- UK union claims government dropped asbestos compensation plan
A trade union in the UK is upset at the government, claiming that it dropped a compensation plan for asbestos victims.
August 15, 2011 -- Former mayor looks to radiotherapy for his, others' mesothelioma
The former mayor of Swindon, a town in Southwest England's Wiltshire County, has declared his support for a radiotherapy in the area, which he says might help the many British Rail workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
August 11, 2011 -- Asbestos not removed from play area in Letchworth, England
Asbestos was recently found near a children's play area in Letchworth Garden City, England, according to The Comet. Although the issue was reported to the North Herts District Council (NHDC) more than two weeks ago, the council has yet to remove the hazardous material, according to the news source.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently conducting an investigation into the presence of asbestos at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, Wales, according to BBC News. Hywel Dda Health Board officials say that 30 maintenance workers may have been exposed to asbestos between 2004 and 2009, reports the media outlet.
A former UK builder who was reportedly exposed to asbestos on a daily basis during his career while making roofs for farm buildings died recently as a result of lung cancer.
August 10, 2011 -- Rain helps prevent spread of asbestos at Bermuda fire site
A fire in an asbestos-containing building in Bermuda posed a risk to people in the area but rain has helped to prevent the spread of the naturally occurring substance, reports the Royal Gazette.
August 10, 2011 -- Former chef is diagnosed with mesothelioma following asbestos exposure
A former chef in Salisbury, UK, recently was recently diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma, a serious lung disease. It was revealed that the man was exposed to asbestos in the 1980s while working in a now-defunct Italian restaurant.
August 9, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns rise with smoke after massive Bermuda fire
The largest fire in Bermuda since 2006 has stirred up concerns that the smoke emanating from the building may have contained asbestos, which could be potentially dangerous to local residents.
August 9, 2011 -- Australian police official critical of asbestos report's delay
A high-ranking police official in the Australian state of New South Wales recently criticized the delay in alerting officers to the presence of asbestos in many police buildings.
August 8, 2011 -- Number of Canadian buildings to be tested for asbestos
The Halifax, Canada Regional Municipality is in the process of seeking out a contractor to complete asbestos testing at 12 buildings in the area.
August 8, 2011 -- Australian police station to close due to asbestos concerns
The Lithgow Police Station in Australia will reportedly be closed down temporarily after asbestos was discovered in heating ducts this past winter, according to the Lithgow Mercury.
August 5, 2011 -- English company hit with fine over alleged asbestos disposal infractions
English company Crown Waste Management has been hit with a £32,000 fine over allegations that it failed to properly dispose of asbestos after removing the carcinogenic material from an Army barracks.
August 5, 2011 -- Australian police form task force to examine asbestos threats
Police in the Australian state of New South Wales recently formed a task force to assess police sites throughout the area that may contain asbestos.
August 5, 2011 -- Australian unions want TV shows to take asbestos accountability
Unions in Australia are threatening to report do-it-yourself renovation TV shows if they don't begin to put asbestos warnings in all of their episodes.
August 5, 2011 -- Asbestos-related death fuels search for former co-workers in Australia
An Australian asbestos law firm is searching for former colleagues of one its clients who died because of an asbestos-related disease, according to the Geelong Advertiser.
August 4, 2011 -- UK woman seeking asbestos compensation from husband's former employers
A woman from Carlisle, UK, whose husband reportedly died of malignant mesothelioma is suing the man's former employers for compensation exceeding £300,000.
August 3, 2011 -- English woodland reopens following asbestos concerns
Wappenbury Wood, a portion of ancient woodland in Warwickshire, England, has been reopened to the public after being shut down earlier this year due to an asbestos scare.
August 3, 2011 -- UK inquests point to asbestos link with deaths
The recent inquests of three men from Bradford, UK, indicate that asbestos has been a major concern in the industrial area for quite some time.
August 3, 2011 -- Large amount of asbestos waste dumped in UK countryside
Thirty tons of asbestos was recently dumped by two men in the UK countryside, local authorities heard.
August 2, 2011 -- Eco-friendly house could replace asbestos-containing UK garages
Developers T-Space Architects recently issued a bid to construct an environmentally friendly house in place of asbestos-containing garages in the UK, according to This Is Local London.
August 2, 2011 -- UK woman claims contractors left asbestos project half done
A UK woman says that contractors who began removing asbestos from her house left before the job was completed.
August 2, 2011 -- Coroner unable to find link to asbestos in death of industrial worker
A coroner in Hartlepool, England, recorded an open verdict on the death of retired industrial worker Robert Kelly, according to the Hartlepool Mail. The news source reports that Coroner Malcolm Donnelly decided on an open verdict after he was unable to determine that asbestos exposure contributed to Kelly's death.
Australia recently took a significant step towards protecting workers from the dangers of asbestos exposure, ratifying the International Labour Organization Convention No. 162 Concerning Safety in the Use of Asbestos.
August 1, 2011 -- Massive amount of asbestos removed from Ireland dump site
A significant amount of asbestos was removed from a dump site in Ireland's Cork harbor recently, according to the Sunday Business Post.
August 1, 2011 -- Linen factory fire in UK poses asbestos risks
Firefighters in the UK recently worked to put out a blaze at a factory that contained asbestos.