World Asbestos Report News

Archives: December 2011

December 30, 2011 -- Large asbestos find made during UK demolition

About 1,000 tons of asbestos was recently found underneath a fire station in the UK by workers demolishing the structure.

December 30, 2011 -- Asbestos could cost Canadian hospital "green" certification

A major hospital in the Canadian province of Quebec could lose its "green" certification because of asbestos.

December 30, 2011 -- Massive amount of asbestos removed from buildings in Rwanda

Nearly 63,000 square meters of asbestos-containing roofing materials were removed from public and private buildings in Rwanda recently, an official from the Asbestos Eradication Project told The New Times.

December 29, 2011 -- Former UK naval mechanic's mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure

A coroner's court in the UK recently heard that a former naval mechanic died of malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.

December 29, 2011 -- British family concerned about presence of asbestos in their home

A former British soldier is asking his housing association to provide his family a new dwelling as the current one has asbestos and mold issues.

December 28, 2011 -- Casale mayor delays signing of 'pact with the devil'

The mayor of the Italian town of Casale Monferrato, which has been under the microscope recently due to an ongoing asbestos trial against former executives of Eternit, has reportedly delayed signing what has been termed a "pact with the devil," offered by lawyers for one of the executives.

December 28, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns at Australian museum downplayed by WorkCover

WorkCover New South Wales, which administers work health and safety in the state, has reportedly dismissed the idea that 400 construction workers were exposed to asbestos during renovations at a museum in Sydney, Australia.

December 28, 2011 -- Illegal asbestos dumping costing taxpayers in the UK

A recent spike in fly-tipping - a British term for the illegal dumping of asbestos - in Lincolnshire, UK, is reportedly costing taxpayers a significant amount of money, reports the East Coast Target.

December 27, 2011 -- Australian construction workers exposed to asbestos at art museum

Approximately 400 Australian construction workers were reportedly exposed to asbestos while they performed work on Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art over the past year, The Australian reports.

December 23, 2011 -- UK business center closed following asbestos discovery

Airborne asbestos has reportedly been discovered in a business center in Northamptonshire, UK, forcing its closure until testing results are released.

December 23, 2011 -- Inquest: Former Naval mechanic died from asbestos exposure

An inquest in Billingborough, UK, was told recently that a former Naval mechanic was exposed to asbestos during his career and died of malignant mesothelioma in October as a result.

December 22, 2011 -- Australian appeals court upholds mesothelioma compensation for asbestos victim

An appeals court in the Australian state of Victoria has upheld the asbestos compensation of a mesothelioma victim.

December 21, 2011 -- Australian asbestos victim awaiting civil trial to settle compensation claim

A victim of an asbestos-related illness in Australia was reportedly given just three months to live in November, but is still involved in her battle for compensation from her former employer, reports Adelaide Now.

December 21, 2011 -- Former UK construction worker suffering from mesothelioma

A former construction worker in the UK who is reportedly suffering from malignant mesothelioma is seeking out his former co-workers to aid him in his battle for asbestos compensation, according to the Wimbledon Guardian.

December 21, 2011 -- Search begins for illegal dumpers of asbestos in UK

The search is on for the people responsible for dumping a truckload of asbestos containing waste on a road in the UK.

December 20, 2011 -- Casale Monferrato decision stunts progress for asbestos victims

The asbestos contamination that plagued a number of Italian towns as a result of the Eternit factory's operations had seemingly been at the forefront of the minds of local politicians looking to serve justice.

December 20, 2011 -- Asbestos illegally dumped in England

A truckload of commercial waste that reportedly contained asbestos was illegally dumped recently on a small village road in Great Bentley, England, according to the Clacton Gazette.

December 19, 2011 -- Australian workers warned of potential asbestos risk

Residents of Ipswich in the Australian state of Queensland who worked at the former SGIO building in Brisbane during the 1980s have reportedly been warned about potential asbestos exposure after one former worker was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

December 16, 2011 -- Casale Monferrato considering asbestos payoff

Politicians in the Italian town of Casale Monferrato are reportedly considering a deal from the lawyers of a Swiss billionaire who is on trial for his role in the operations of the Eternit factory, which exposed many workers in the town to asbestos.

December 16, 2011 -- UK coroner rules 59-year-old died of asbestos-caused mesothelioma

A 59-year-old UK man died of mesothelioma caused by occupational asbestos exposure, a coroner ruled.

December 15, 2011 -- UK woman dies following indirect asbestos exposure from husband's clothes

A UK coroner ruled recently that a woman died recently after she was reportedly exposed to asbestos through washing her husband's work clothes years earlier.

December 15, 2011 -- Philippines labor group asks for asbestos removal from Manila building

A labor organization in the Philippines has called upon a government agency to remove asbestos from a building in Manila.

December 15, 2011 -- Report: Most water pipes in Namibia capital contain asbestos

A recent report by the news organization Informante revealed that the majority of public water pipes in the capital city of the African country Namibia are made of asbestos.

December 15, 2011 -- Australian man wins mesothelioma compensation from manufacturer James Hardie

An Australian man who spent three years battling manufacturer James Hardie in court has finally won mesothelioma compensation.

December 14, 2011 -- New Zealand company fined for failing to remove asbestos

A company from Wellington, New Zealand, was recently fined $20,000 after it allegedly failed to make sure electricity was cut off and asbestos was removed during the demolition of a former restaurant.

December 14, 2011 -- British Columbia man angered by nearby demolition of asbestos-tainted homes

A resident of the Canadian province of British Columbia is upset that an asbestos-containing structure was demolished near his home without warning.

December 14, 2011 -- Australian woman pulls child from school due to potential asbestos exposure

An Australian woman has pulled her daughter out of high school because she had been frequently ill following damage that disturbed asbestos at the school.

December 13, 2011 -- UK widow receives asbestos compensation three years after husband's death

The widow of a UK man who died as a result of asbestos exposure in June 2008 was recently awarded £200,000 in asbestos compensation from the man's former employer.

December 13, 2011 -- Canadian Red Cross to review status of board member linked to asbestos industry

The Canadian Red Cross is reportedly reviewing the status of one of its board members who has connections with the asbestos industry.

December 13, 2011 -- Asbestos, other hazards drive up cost of Nova Scotia demolition

A demolition project in the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia has hit a snag after asbestos and other hazardous waste was discovered at the site.

December 13, 2011 -- Australian actor Harold Hopkins dies of mesothelioma

A renowned Australian actor recently succumbed to the asbestos-caused cancer mesothelioma.

December 12, 2011 -- UK to bring back asbestos warning ads

Advertising warning of the dangers posed to the construction industry by asbestos will return to the UK after a year or so hiatus.

December 12, 2011 -- UK coroner rules man's mesothelioma death caused by asbestos exposure

A UK man who worked in machine shops for decades died of the asbestos-caused cancer malignant mesothelioma, a coroner recently ruled.

December 9, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered at workshop fire site in Scotland

A workshop fire in the Midlothian council area of Scotland was reportedly termed a chemical incident after asbestos was determined to have been used in the building's construction.

December 9, 2011 -- Asbestos discovery at Australian beaches prompts warnings

Pieces of white asbestos have reportedly been discovered on some beaches in the northern part of the Australian city of Darwin, prompting local officials to erect warning signs.

December 8, 2011 -- IBAS decries Canada's heartless asbestos export policy

Coming on the heels of the Canadian government trying to increase asbestos exports to India, the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat has decried the attempt as not only dangerous but racist.

December 8, 2011 -- Asbestos promoter declines invitation to meet with families of Canadian asbestos victims

A man who has been all over the papers in Canada attempting to promote the asbestos industry in recent months has reportedly declined an invitation to meet with the families of asbestos victims in Ontario.

December 7, 2011 -- South Australia redevelopment work held up by asbestos find

An asbestos discovery in the Australian state of South Australia has delayed a redevelopment project.

December 7, 2011 -- UK area sees one incident of illegal asbestos dumping per month

An area in the UK has seen a steady stream of illegal asbestos dumping incidents over the past year.

December 6, 2011 -- UK hardware supplier admits some products contain asbestos

A heating and plumbing parts supplier based in the UK recently acknowledged that some plumbing seals they sold contain asbestos.

December 6, 2011 -- Asbestos compensation plan set to begin in Northern Ireland

An asbestos compensation plan in Northern Ireland is set to get underway, providing assistance to victims of pleural plaques.

December 5, 2011 -- Canadian asbestos lobby group resorts to lies

The Chrysotile Institute is in essence a lobbying group for Canada's asbestos industry and as there is not scientific evidence to back up their claims that white asbestos can be used safely, they have resorted to outright lies.

December 5, 2011 -- Belgian family wins landmark asbestos compensation case

In what is being hailed as a landmark decision, the family of an asbestos victim in Belgium will receive a quarter of a million euros in asbestos compensation.