World Asbestos Report News
Archives: December 2010
December 30, 2010 -- Australian man 'appalled' over lack of asbestos removal
An Australian man who hired a recycling company to clear asbestos-containing debris from his house renovations was "appalled" to find out that the firm would be returning the materials to his home rather than disposing of them, the Knox Leader reports.
December 23, 2010 -- UK inquest cannot prove worker's asbestos-related death
A run-down building that contains significant amounts of asbestos on land that is leased to the Redland Bay Golf Club in Australia is expected to be demolished at the beginning of the new year, the Redland Times reports.
December 22, 2010 -- UK inquest cannot prove worker's asbestos-related death
Despite the fact that a pathologist called it "more than possible" that a former UK steam train driver died from asbestos exposure on the job, an inquest could not prove it, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.
December 21, 2010 -- Daughter of asbestos workers dies of mesothelioma
The daughter of a man and a woman who worked at an asbestos factory in the UK died of malignant mesothelioma, a coroner's inquest heard recently.
December 21, 2010 -- Asbestos disturbed at UK cemetery
Vandals at a cemetery in the UK recently spread asbestos throughout the area.
December 20, 2010 -- Former Australian pre-school teacher aide looking for asbestos compensation
A former pre-school teacher aide from Australia who suffers from malignant mesothelioma is seeking compensation after she allegedly worked in a classroom that was being renovated during the 1980s, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
December 20, 2010 -- Australian family looking for 'justice' after man's lung cancer death
The family of an Australian man who died from lung cancer that was believed to be caused by asbestos exposure is seeking anyone who may have worked with him, the Brimbank Weekly reports.
December 20, 2010 -- UK convenience store fined for asbestos exposure
According to the Manchester Evening News, shoppers and staff members at a UK convenience store were put at risk of asbestos exposure after health and safety failures.
December 17, 2010 -- Some Australians angry at asbestos ruling
Asbestos victims and their families in Australia are reportedly upset with a decision by the country's Supreme Court that cleared manufacturing company James Hardie's board of directors of wrong doing regarding a press release.
December 16, 2010 -- UK man dying from mesothelioma awarded compensation
A UK man who is dying from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, has reportedly triumphed in his fight for compensation from his former employer, the North Wiltshire and Kennet Gazette & Herald reports.
December 16, 2010 -- Asbestos dumped in UK blocks pathway
South Cambridgeshire, UK Council staff members have launched an investigation after a pile of asbestos was illegally dumped on a pathway in the area, Cambridge First reports.
December 16, 2010 -- Former UK firefighter dies from mesothelioma
A court found recently that a former UK firefighter died from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer that occurs in the tissues surrounding most of the body's internal organs.
December 16, 2010 -- Report finds Australian government builder did not follow asbestos protocols
An independent report recently found that the Australian state of Queensland's official builder did not follow proper asbestos protocols during the mineral's removal at a primary school, potentially exposing workers to the carcinogenic material.
December 14, 2010 -- Asbestos mine allegedly revived in India
Asbestos mining is banned in India but one such facility is still reportedly in operation, according to the Times of India.
December 14, 2010 -- Asbestos find shuts down Australian railroad facility
A railroad facility in Australia was recently closed after asbestos was found at the site.
December 14, 2010 -- New asbestos regulations add to cost of Canadian courthouse project
New asbestos regulations are partly to blame for the additional $6 million that it is costing an Ontario, Canada city to upgrade its courthouse, according to the province's attorney general.
December 14, 2010 -- Australia creates $1.5 million fund for asbestos disease research
Australia has created a $1.5 million fund to help research asbestos-related diseases.
December 14, 2010 -- UK arson investigation on hold after asbestos find
An arson investigation at a burned down UK apartment complex has been delayed after asbestos was found at the site.
December 14, 2010 -- Landmark Australian mesothelioma lawsuit decided for plaintiff
A landmark mesothelioma lawsuit in Australia was recently decided with the court ruling that exposure to white asbestos could cause the rare and deadly cancer.
December 13, 2010 -- Collegium Ramazzini renews call for worldwide asbestos ban
The Collegium Ramazzini, an academy of experts who focuses on environmental and occupational health, recently renewed its call for an international ban on asbestos.
December 13, 2010 -- Asbestos concerns raised in Australia after car crash
Australian authorities were recently forced to shut down the scene of a car crash at an Arrawarra Headland home when they began to suspect that the crash had exposed asbestos in the building, the Coff's Coast Advocate reports.
December 10, 2010 -- Canadian health organization to meet with employees about asbestos
A Canadian health organization is planning to hold meetings to speak with past and present employees of the St. Patrick's Mercy Home about asbestos.
December 10, 2010 -- Union says workers in Australia were exposed to asbestos
Unions at the Vales Point, Australia power station have said that seven contract workers spent approximately two weeks replacing asbestos gaskets on pipes without wearing any protective equipment, the Newcastle Herald reports.
December 9, 2010 -- Canberra government calls for inquiry into unexpected asbestos find
Coming shortly after the discovery of tens of thousands of tons of asbestos-tainted soil, the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is calling for an investigation into the site.
December 9, 2010 -- IKEA construction halted in Australia after asbestos find
The discovery of asbestos-contaminated soil has halted the construction of an IKEA furniture store in the Australian state of New South Wales.
December 8, 2010 -- Family of former UK soccer coach claims he died from asbestos exposure
The family of a former manager of the UK soccer team Cambridge United claims that he died as a result of exposure to asbestos, the Cambridge News reports.
December 8, 2010 -- UK works to handle asbestos in schools
Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in the construction industry, can cause a number of serious illnesses like malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. The deadly nature of asbestos requires that it be removed from buildings, and perhaps nowhere is this abatement more important than at schools, where children could potentially come in contact with the hazardous substance.
December 8, 2010 -- Asbestos illegally dumped in Australian national park
According to the Blue Mountains Gazette, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Blue Mountains City Council have appealed to the Australian community of Blue Mountains to gain information on the recent illegal asbestos dumping at Blue Mountains National Park.
December 8, 2010 -- South Korean asbestos victims to receive compensation starting next year
The South Korean Ministry of Environment said recently that in January, a new law regarding compensation for asbestos victims will be implemented, the Korea Herald reports.
December 7, 2010 -- Asbestos abatement at Welsh hospital set to begin
Asbestos abatement work at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital in North Wales, UK, is expected to begin in the new year, the BBC reports.
December 7, 2010 -- Asbestos find closes Canadian heritage site
The former Canadian Forces Base London (CFB London), an old military base in London, Ontario, has been closed after asbestos dust was found on the premises.
December 7, 2010 -- Thousands of tons of asbestos found at Australian project site
The proposed site of a new housing development in Australia's capital territory of Canberra has been found to contain tens of thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated soil.
December 7, 2010 -- UK coroner rules woman's mesothelioma death caused by contact with husband
A UK coroner recently determined that a woman who died from mesothelioma contracted the rare cancer by coming in contact with asbestos on her husband's work clothes.
December 6, 2010 -- Australian minister defends asbestos removal practices
An official from Queensland recently defended the Australian state's handling of asbestos at its schools
December 3, 2010 -- UK residents upset at asbestos cleanup delay
A number of residents in an English town are upset that the municipality took a day and a half to clear the area of asbestos, which had been spread by a fire.
December 3, 2010 -- Honda ordered to pay in Japanese asbestos lawsuit
Honda Motor Co. was recently ordered to pay 54 million yen (about $640,000) to a worker who claimed he developed mesothelioma while working at the company's plant in Nagoya, Japan.
December 3, 2010 -- Royal Navy engineer's widow lashes out at UK government over asbestos payouts
The widow of a former Royal Navy engineer has lashed out at the UK government for allegedly withholding compensation from the families of victims of asbestos-related diseases, the Plymouth Herald reports.
December 2, 2010 -- Thieves steal asbestos from Ontario construction site
Two men suspected of theft from an Ontario, Canada construction site have been warned that they got more than they bargained for, as the large bin they stole contained bags full of asbestos, according to CTV.
December 2, 2010 -- Queensland, Australia schools see spike in closures due to asbestos
Education Queensland (EQ), the government body in charge of education in the Australian state, has attributed a rise in asbestos-related closures to increased staff training, according to the Courier Mail.
December 2, 2010 -- UK woman put in jail after illegally dumping asbestos
A 66-year-old grandmother in the UK has been put in jail for nine months after she illegally dumped 3,000 tons of asbestos waste, the Mirror reports.
December 1, 2010 -- Canadian fire station to remove asbestos
Construction work, including asbestos removal, is underway at the historic fire station in Nelson, British Columbia, in order to make the facility more energy efficient, the Nelson Star reports.
December 1, 2010 -- Swimming event in Canada honors mesothelioma victim
More than 30 swimmers recently participated in the Fifth Annual Swim for Jim event in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. The event is held each year in memory of Jim Casselman, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005, the Salmon Arm Observer reports.
December 1, 2010 -- Australian researchers make mesothelioma treatment breakthrough
A new tumor marker for mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease, has been discovered after research was conducted by the Asbestos Disease and Research Institute (ADRI) in Australia, according to the institute's website.