World Asbestos Report News
Archives: February 2012
February 29, 2012 -- Canadian mesothelioma sufferer calls for creation of asbestos registry
A mesothelioma victim from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is calling on the federal government to create a registry of all the structures in the country that contain the deadly substance that caused his rare cancer: asbestos.
February 28, 2012 -- Rubble from exploded house in Australia causes asbestos fears
The potentially asbestos-containing rubble of a destroyed Australian home has been sitting on the site for four months, prompting health fears among some residents.
February 28, 2012 -- UK school re-opens three months after asbestos find
Young students at Belvedere Infant School recently returned to classes for the first time in three months following the discovery of asbestos in the school's hallway, according to This Is Local London.
February 27, 2012 -- New Zealand Defence Ministry releases asbestos report
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence recently released an asbestos report on the handling and storing of the carcinogenic material by the country's Defence Force, Voxy reports.
February 27, 2012 -- Parents upset after asbestos discovered in UK primary school
The discovery of asbestos at St. Martin's Primary School in Dorking, England, has parents demanding answers for why they weren't alerted immediately once the dangerous material was found.
February 27, 2012 -- UK woman succumbs to malignant mesothelioma after washing husband's clothes
The wife of a UK man who worked around asbestos materials at an engineering firm recently died as a result of malignant mesothelioma, which she reportedly contracted through washing her husband's clothing.
February 24, 2012 -- Anti-asbestos motion fails in Quebec legislature
A member of the Quebec National Assembly recently presented a motion that would have seen the Canadian province withdraw its offer to help finance the reopening of an asbestos mine. Unfortunately, the legislation failed.
February 24, 2012 -- Australian council says it was unaware of asbestos in park
The Surf Coast Shire Council in Victoria, Australia, is reportedly dismissing the possibility that it knew about asbestos in the Jan Juc parklands some six weeks before it was eventually removed, according to the Geelong Advertiser.
February 24, 2012 -- Asbestos audit ordered after discovery of carcinogen in Australian kindergarten
Victoria's Macedon Ranges Shire recently ordered an asbestos audit for all of its kindergartens after the dangerous material was found in one of the schools, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
February 21, 2012 -- Asbestos concerns raised in Australia following boatshed demolition
The demolition of a boatshed in Church Point, Australia, has left one nearby resident concerned about potentially inhaling asbestos dust, the Manly Daily reports.
February 21, 2012 -- UK town introduces new asbestos disposal regulations
New asbestos disposal regulations are reportedly slated to be introduced on March 1 at the recycling center for the UK town of Highbridge, according to Burnham-On-Sea.
February 21, 2012 -- Swiss workers exposed to asbestos from rail car paint
More than a dozen workers in Switzerland were exposed to asbestos when they used a paint containing the naturally occurring substance on rail cars.
February 21, 2012 -- Australian group says lack of asbestos specialists leads to illegal dumping
An asbestos victims support group in the Australian state of New South Wales is saying that there is a shortage of trained asbestos removal specialists.
February 17, 2012 -- Australian compensation fund gets $30 million loan
An asbestos compensation fund in Australia was recently given a nearly $30 million loan.
February 17, 2012 -- UK man concerned about being exposed to asbestos cement
A 60-year-old UK man who already suffers from a life-threatening lung condition is reportedly concerned about exposure to asbestos-containing cement in his garden, reports the Horncastle News.
February 16, 2012 -- Medway has second-highest asbestos death rate in UK
The town of Medway, England, reportedly has the second-highest rate of asbestos-related deaths in the UK, according to new figures obtained from the Office of National Statistics.
February 16, 2012 -- Old Australian hospital site contaminated with asbestos
The site of the former Yeppoon Hospital site in Queensland, Australia, has reportedly been fenced off after Queensland Health revealed that the land is contaminated with asbestos, the Morning Bulletin reports.
February 16, 2012 -- Dumped asbestos found after mineshaft collapses in the UK
A horse owner in the UK made an unexpected asbestos find after a mineshaft beneath his animal's field collapsed.
February 15, 2012 -- Asbestos exposure at bakery kills UK grandmother 40 years later
A grandmother in the UK recently died of malignant mesothelioma more than four decades after being exposed to the naturally occurring substance.
February 14, 2012 -- Australian couple suffering from asbestosis spreads awareness
An Australian couple is struggling with the deadly disease asbestosis after the husband was reportedly exposed to asbestos as a carpenter and his wife was indirectly exposed through washing his clothes.
February 14, 2012 -- UK man dies 40 years after working on asbestos-contaminated buildings
A UK man who worked as a builder and was exposed to asbestos nearly 40 years ago died recently after a battle with malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the tissues surrounding a majority of the body's internal organs.
February 14, 2012 -- UK authorities deal with nine cases of asbestos dumping in a matter of weeks
Authorities in Gloucestershire, UK, have been dealing with a recent spate of asbestos fly tipping, which is British slang for illegal dumping.
February 14, 2012 -- Australian Authorities: Asbestos properly handled on man-made island
Officials in Australia are saying that they are satisfied with the response to an asbestos discovery in Canberra.
February 14, 2012 -- Large majority of Japanese cases of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure
More than 1,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in Japan every year. Recently, a team of pathologists and oncologists set out to determine how many of these patients had a history of asbestos exposure.
February 13, 2012 -- UK family awarded asbestos compensation after man's mesothelioma death
A Wearside, UK family has reportedly received asbestos compensation following the malignant mesothelioma death of a former shipyard worker, the Sunderland Echo reports.
February 13, 2012 -- UK union says council's subcontractors violated asbestos regulations
A trade union in the UK is calling for an investigation of a municipal authority after they say asbestos rules were broken.
February 10, 2012 -- Former Belfast boxer wins asbestos compensation
A former boxer from Belfast who also worked on docks during the 1950s recently won asbestos compensation from his former employers after a High Court decision, reports UTV News.
February 10, 2012 -- Former UK custodian dies of malignant mesothelioma
A former custodian in the UK died recently after she was reportedly exposed to asbestos throughout her career and was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the South Wales Argus reports.
February 10, 2012 -- McGill University to review asbestos study after media allegations
A major Canadian university said it would review the findings of a 40-year asbestos study after a media report linked the research to the asbestos industry.
February 10, 2012 -- English county dealing well with asbestos risks
Officials in an English county are ensuring residents that asbestos in the schools is being properly managed.
February 10, 2012 -- UK coroner's court told asbestos exposure caused man's death
A coroner's inquest in the UK recently was told that a 69-year-old man's death was caused by asbestos exposure.
February 9, 2012 -- UK woman seeking asbestos compensation for carpenter's mesothelioma death
A UK woman is fighting to obtain asbestos compensation after her partner died of malignant mesothelioma.
February 8, 2012 -- Australian widow filed mesothelioma lawsuit against aluminum firm
An Australian widow filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against an aluminum producer, claiming it knew that asbestos exposure was deadly when the man worked there.
February 8, 2012 -- Asbestos found during work at Canadian hospital site
Canadian officials have stopped work at a former hospital site after samples tested positive for asbestos.
February 7, 2012 -- Mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure at Australian office plaza
Asbestos attorneys in Australia are warning former workers of an office complex that they may be at risk for developing an illness caused by the naturally occurring fibers.
February 7, 2012 -- UK residents urged to stay away from fire debris
Contractors have reportedly been called in after a significant fire at a car workshop in Cheapside, UK, that left asbestos-containing debris littered around the site, according to the Jersey Evening Post.
Just because a region's rate of mesothelioma diagnoses is low doesn't mean it won't spike decades later. A case in point can be found in the hundreds of men from southeast England who were diagnosed with the disease in the early 2000s. According to a new study, many of these patients have a history of extreme asbestos exposure dating from their work in shipyards in the 1960s and '70s.
February 6, 2012 -- Casale Monferrato turns down asbestos settlement offer
Following the advice of local health officials and advocate groups, the city council of Casale Monferrato, Italy, recently decided to refuse an 18.3 million euro settlement offer from the lawyers of an executive on trial for his role in the Eternit asbestos disaster.
February 3, 2012 -- Asbestos illegally dumped in UK family's driveway
A UK family was reportedly forced to remain in their home after approximately five tons of asbestos-containing waste was illegally dumped in their driveway, the Plymouth Herald reports.
February 3, 2012 -- Doctor says major Canadian asbestos study flawed, manipulated
An epidemiologist is saying that a 40-year McGill University asbestos study manipulates data and is flawed.
February 3, 2012 -- Queensland region deals with rash of illegal asbestos dumping
Asbestos dumping has become a major problem in an area of Queensland, a state in Australia.
February 2, 2012 -- Asbestos exposure linked to former Royal Navy boiler worker's death
A UK man who worked in boiler rooms as a stoker for the Royal Navy for more than a decade died recently, reportedly as a result of being exposed to asbestos during his career.
February 2, 2012 -- UK lawmakers call for action on asbestos in schools
Estimates show that more than 75 percent of schools in the UK may contain asbestos, a fact one lawmaker called "a national scandal."
February 2, 2012 -- Canadian asbestos exporter resigns from university, hospital boards
An asbestos exporter who is married to a prominent Canadian asbestos campaigner has stepped down from two major boards, amid pressure from anti-asbestos advocates.
February 2, 2012 -- UK developer fined for asbestos violations during Dover demolition
A developer in the UK was recently fined for not taking the proper asbestos precautions during a demolition project.
February 1, 2012 -- Inquest: UK woman died of complications from malignant mesothelioma
A woman from Bridport, England, recently died due to complications from malignant mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-related cancer, according to the Dorset Echo.
February 1, 2012 -- Irish coroner links asbestos to two deaths
A county coroner in Ireland recently said that two elderly women died of asbestos-related diseases decades after being exposed to the substance.
February 1, 2012 -- Australian researcher warns of do-it-yourself asbestos danger
An Australian researcher recently warned people working on home improvement projects to be aware of asbestos.