World Asbestos Report News
Archives: February 2011
February 28, 2011 -- Authorities crack down on asbestos violators across the country
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in the construction industry due to its resistance to fire and utility as an insulator. However, by the mid-1960s, it became well-known that exposure to the dangerous material could cause a range of serious illnesses including malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
February 25, 2011 -- Australian officials assure parents asbestos danger has passed
Officials in the Australian state of Queensland, the northeastern portion of the island nation, are telling parents that an asbestos scare has been completely dealt with at a state school and that it is now safe for students to return to class.
February 24, 2011 -- Asbestos discovery near Belfast school angers parents
Parents have been warned that asbestos was discovered in its "most dangerous state" at a demolition site in Belfast, Ireland, that's less than 100 yards away from a primary school, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
February 24, 2011 -- Australian family wins compensation for man's asbestos-related death
The family of a former employee at the Proserpine Sugar Mill in Australia who died of an asbestos-related disease in 2009 has been awarded compensation for the man's death, the Mackay Daily Mercury reports.
February 24, 2011 -- Asbestos settlements, mesothelioma lawsuits help workers get compensation
Ever since asbestos started to be used thousands of years ago, people have been getting sick from it. Even though the correlation between asbestos exposure was noted by some ancient Roman historians, it wasn't until the mid-1960s that it was firmly established that the naturally occurring mineral could cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Due to the fact that many blue-collar workers developed such illnesses because of asbestos exposure they have endured on the job, they have sought asbestos settlements from and filed mesothelioma lawsuits against their employers.
February 23, 2011 -- Former UK Marine dies after being exposed to asbestos
A former Royal Marine in the UK died after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos while stationed in a combat zone, the Leader reports.
February 23, 2011 -- UK man allegedly dumped asbestos in road
A Plymouth, UK man is accused of illegally dumping asbestos and other waste on country roads, the Plymouth Herald reports.
February 23, 2011 -- Canadian documentary about asbestos to premiere
A Canadian filmmaker whose father died from an asbestos-related disease will unveil her short documentary about asbestos in Toronto on February 24.
February 22, 2011 -- Former UK hotel worker seeking asbestos compensation
A former pub and hotel worker in the UK has hired an asbestos attorney to investigate his former employers to see if they were responsible for his development of malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, Wigan Today reports.
February 22, 2011 -- Wife of deceased UK man continues fight for mesothelioma compensation
Karen Dance, the wife of a UK man who succumbed to malignant mesothelioma in September, is planning to continue her husband's battle for compensation for the deadly disease, the Evening Chronicle reports.
February 22, 2011 -- Australians appeal approval of quarry on asbestos-tainted land
Concerned citizens in the Australian state of New South Wales have appealed the government's decision to approve a basalt quarry on potentially asbestos-contaminated land over health concerns.
February 21, 2011 -- UK woman lashes out at council over asbestos concerns
A woman in the UK recently criticized a local municipal authority for allowing her family to live with asbestos in their loft for three years, the Redditch Standard reports.
February 17, 2011 -- UK insurer drops its appeal over hospice costs for mesothelioma victim
A UK insurance company recently dropped its appeal against a ruling requiring them to pay for the hospice care of an elderly worker who was exposed to asbestos on the job.
February 17, 2011 -- Australian residents warned about asbestos danger following flood
Flash flooding in certain parts of Australia has damaged houses, and now as residents return to their homes they are being warned that asbestos fibers may have been disturbed by the water, reports the Berwick Leader.
February 15, 2011 -- Asbestos removal project for Welsh hospital approved
A plan to remove asbestos from a hospital in Wales, which has had issues with the carcinogenic substance in the past, was recently approved.
February 15, 2011 -- Asbestos twice disturbed at UK chemical plant
Asbestos disturbances at a chemical factory in the UK may have exposed dozens of workers to the carcinogenic mineral.
February 14, 2011 -- Asbestos experts deployed in Australia to aid in cyclone clean-up
When Cyclone Yasi, reportedly the largest tropical storm to hit Australia in memory, battered portions of Queensland in early February, it was apparent that the storm would cause serious damage to some structures. However, even though the rain has stopped and the 186 mph winds have died down, the threats posed by the storm remains. It may not appear to be as an immediate of a threat as the cyclone itself, but the asbestos that was disturbed by the storm is a serious risk to the health of those living in the wake of the Yasi's destruction.
February 11, 2011 -- Honda planning to appeal mesothelioma ruling in Japan
According to the French Tribune, Japanese automaker Honda said recently that it plans to appeal a ruling handed down that saw a former company mechanic collect compensation of 54 million yen, or approximately $640,000.
February 11, 2011 -- UK school closed after asbestos find
A school building in the UK was recently closed after asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogen, was discovered in the structure.
February 11, 2011 -- Tasmania to give out do-it-yourself asbestos removal kits
The Australian state of Tasmania recently announced that it would give more than $180,000 in funding for asbestos education and some of that money will go towards do-it-yourself kits that individuals can use to remove the carcinogenic material.
February 10, 2011 -- Asbestos at Scottish pool facility increases renovation costs
During renovation work at a Scottish swimming pool, deteriorating asbestos ceiling tiles were discovered, sending the cost of the refurbishment work 67 percent over budget.
February 9, 2011 -- UK university building evacuated over asbestos concerns
A building at the UK's University of Manchester was evacuated recently after thieves allegedly stole copper pipes from the facility that contained asbestos, the Manchester Evening News reports.
February 8, 2011 -- Australian bathing facility cleared of asbestos risk
A bathing facility in the Melbourne, Australia area was recently tested for asbestos and cleared by inspectors.
February 8, 2011 -- Australian school cleared of asbestos danger
Tests of materials for asbestos at a school in the Australian state of Queensland recently came back negative.
February 7, 2011 -- UK woman dies of mesothelioma before asbestos hearing
A retired civil servant in the UK recently passed away from mesothelioma before her asbestos lawsuit against her former employer was heard.
February 4, 2011 -- President of Quebec asbestos mine speaks out to New York Times
The Jeffrey Asbestos Mine in Quebec, Canada, has received tremendous scrutiny over the past several years, particularly as more and more people begin developing asbestos-related diseases many years after initial exposure.
February 4, 2011 -- Group warns Australians of asbestos disturbed by cyclone
The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) is warning residents returning to towns impacted by a cyclone to be aware of potentially loosened asbestos.
February 4, 2011 -- Asbestos found at old baths in UK
Asbestos was recently found in an old bath/swimming facility in the UK.
February 3, 2011 -- Former UK boilermaker battles malignant mesothelioma for three years
A former boilermaker from the UK stricken with malignant mesothelioma was recently able to survive for three years after he had been told he might only live for one year, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.
February 3, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns raised after fire at former Australian hardware store
Some Australian homeowners were recently told to evacuate their homes after a former hardware store in the northern part of Melbourne caught fire, raising asbestos concerns, the Herald Sun reports.
February 3, 2011 -- More asbestos than expected found at UK council house
A large amount of asbestos was recently found during renovation work at the headquarters of a municipal authority in the UK.
February 2, 2011 -- Tower demolition in UK delayed again
The demolition of two vacant towers in Laindon, UK, has been delayed until September after work had initially been scheduled to begin last November, the Essex Echo reports.
February 2, 2011 -- Barn fire in England causes asbestos concerns
A barn fire in an English town has sparked concerns as the structure was made from asbestos sheeting.
February 2, 2011 -- Asbestos closes classrooms in New South Wales
Students at a public school in the Australian state of New South Wales are attending classes in makeshit facilities after asbestos forced the closure of a number of classrooms.
February 1, 2011 -- Market in Jamaica contains asbestos
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, vendors working at the Victoria Craft Market in the city of Kingston, Jamaica, could be in danger of being exposed to asbestos.
February 1, 2011 -- Australian parents concerned over asbestos incident at school
Parents at a school in the Australian state of Queensland are reportedly upset at the handling of asbestos.