World Asbestos Report News

Archives: January 2011

January 31, 2011 -- UK woman dies of asbestos cancer in middle of mesothelioma lawsuit

A 65-year-old UK woman recently died of malignant mesothelioma in the middle of her legal fight against her former employer for allegedly causing the asbestos exposure that ultimately led to her death.

January 31, 2011 -- Asbestos settlement awarded to family of UK woman who died of second-hand exposure

The family of a British woman who died of mesothelioma caused by second-hand exposure to asbestos recently received compensation.

January 31, 2011 -- UK widow received mesothelioma settlement after husband's death

The wife of a British man who died of malignant mesothelioma recently received an asbestos settlement from her husband's former employer.

January 27, 2011 -- UK coroner: Asbestos contributed to worker's death

A coroner's inquest in the UK recently heard that a 67-year-old man died of asbestosis.

January 27, 2011 -- Australian state gives millions to clean up old asbestos mine

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales recently pledged millions of dollars to clean up an old asbestos mine.

January 27, 2011 -- Canadian city will continue dredging river for asbestos

The dredging of a river in British Columbia, Canada, for asbestos will continue into 2011.

January 26, 2011 -- Australian opposition questions asbestos violations in Northern Territory

After an asbestos controversy that led to the firings of two senior staffers at an Australian building consortium, the country's opposition government is searching for an explanation as to why the carcinogenic material was mishandled.

January 25, 2011 -- Asbestos removal doubles cost of UK park project

According to the Salisbury Journal, the costs incurred by the Ringwood, England Town Council for the creation of Danny Cracknell Pocket Park are expected to double due to the discovery and subsequent removal of asbestos.

January 21, 2011 -- India Supreme Court decides not to ban asbestos

The Supreme Court of India recently declined to ban asbestos in the country.

January 21, 2011 -- UK coroner rules welder died of malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos

A coroner's court in the UK recently ruled that a man who worked for about a decade as a welder died from malignant mesothelioma.

January 20, 2011 -- Canadian infrastructure official says asbestos industry declining

Canadian Infrastructure Minister Chuck Strahl recently said that he needs to leave out his personal asbestos-related health issues in the debate over the country's mining and exporting of the dangerous material, News1130.com reports.

January 20, 2011 -- UK officials attempt to alleviate concerns over asbestos in school

According to a Worcestershire, UK County Council spokesman, the asbestos in a former Kidderminster school building will be removed prior to its demolition, the Kidderminster Shuttle reports.

January 20, 2011 -- UK library temporarily shut down for asbestos removal, other repairs

Alsager Library in the UK has been temporarily closed in order for repair work and upgrades including asbestos removal to be completed, the Crewe Chronicle reports.

January 20, 2011 -- Asbestos disturbance causes £150,000 worth of damage to UK hospital

Workers at a hospital in the UK accidentally drilled into asbestos-containing tiles, causing £150,000 in damage and shutting down parts of the hospital for six weeks.

January 20, 2011 -- UK asbestos support group gets new venue

An asbestos victim support group in the UK recently announced that it would change the locations of its meetings.

January 19, 2011 -- Asbestos and other waste illegally dumped in Australia parks

Rangers at Parks Victoria in Australia recently found a significant amount of asbestos that had been illegally dumped at Gormandale Flora Reserve and Moondarra State Park, the Latrobe Valley Express reports.

January 19, 2011 -- India minister seeks explanation from state regarding proposed asbestos plants

India's environmental minister has sought an explanation from the state of Bihar regarding its decision to allow for the creation of 12 asbestos roofing plants.

January 19, 2011 -- Australian mall closed after asbestos scare

A shopping mall in Western Australia recently had an asbestos scare, forcing businesses to close.

January 17, 2011 -- UK factory pays compensation to family of mesothelioma victim

The family of a former worker at a Caterpillar factory in the UK has been awarded compensation after the worker died from malignant mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, the Post Online reports.

January 17, 2011 -- UK widow encourages husband's former co-workers to assist in claim for compensation

The widow of a UK man who died of malignant mesothelioma is asking that her husband's former co-workers come forward to assist her in a compensation claim, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.

January 14, 2011 -- UK company fined for exposing employees to asbestos

A property management firm in the UK was recently ordered to pay £32,590 for asbestos violations.

January 14, 2011 -- UK council blocks development at old asbestos factory site

A local UK council recently blocked a developer's attempt to build hundreds of homes on the site of a former asbestos factory.

January 13, 2011 -- Former UK railroad worker dies after being exposed to asbestos

A former railroad worker in the UK died recently after he had been exposed to asbestos at the workplace, the Bristol Evening Post reports.

January 13, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns arise after prison riot in the UK

It was confirmed recently that one of the buildings that was burned to the ground in the New Year's Day riot at Ford Prison in the UK contained asbestos, the Littlehampton Gazette reports.

January 13, 2011 -- Firefighters call asbestos health risk at UK factory fire 'minimal'

The firefighters who were called on to put out a blaze at a former UK factory are telling local residents that any risk of asbestos contamination is "absolutely minimal," the BBC reports.

January 13, 2011 -- UK firm fined for exposing plumber to asbestos

A UK company that manages government housing has been fined £7,000 for allowing a plumber to be exposed to asbestos while on the job.

January 12, 2011 -- Flood-damaged, asbestos-tainted Welsh school reopens

A high school in Wales recently reopened after flooding over the holiday break caused concerns about potential asbestos contamination.

January 12, 2011 -- Widow of UK man who died from mesothelioma seeking compensation

The widow of a UK man who died after receiving cancer treatment for malignant mesothelioma is seeking compensation of up to £150,000, ThisIsSussex.co.uk reports.

January 11, 2011 -- Fire stations in Canada to be renovated

The worn asbestos floor tiles at Vancouver, Canada's Firehall No. 5 are just some of the major problems facing the facility, according to the Vancouver Sun.

January 10, 2011 -- Asbestos claims filed in Ireland

Ireland's State Claims Agency has confirmed that there have been 12 recent instances of asbestos claims made by people in the country who fear they were exposed to the dangerous mineral in public places, the Irish Times reports.

January 10, 2011 -- Former UK police officer expects mesothelioma to cut life short

A retired police officer from Hampshire, UK, says he expects to die 22 years earlier than he should because he has developed malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, reports ThisIsHampshire.net.

Janauary 10, 2011 -- Welsh operating rooms closed after asbestos discovery

Six operating rooms at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital in Wales are expected to be closed for 14 months starting in March after asbestos was discovered recently in some of the facilities' hallways and ceilings, WalesOnline reports.

January 7, 2011 -- Widow of former UK engineering apprentice wins asbestos compensation

A widow from South Tyneside, UK, recently won £74,000 in compensation after her late husband died of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, the Shields Gazette reports.

January 7, 2011 -- Waste dumped in UK forest may contain asbestos

A significant investigation is expected to be carried out in order to discover whether or not waste buried at an illegal landfill in the UK contains asbestos and poses a health risk to local citizens, ThisIsHampshire.net reports.

January 7, 2011 -- Former UK chemical worker dies of malignant mesothelioma

An inquest heard recently that a former employee of UK chemical company ICI died recently after he had been previously exposed to asbestos in the workplace, the Whitby Gazette reports.

January 6, 2011 -- Asbestos issue at Scottish pool not as serious as once thought

The discovery of asbestos in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Scotland did not adversely affect the pool's renovations as much as originally predicted, the Scotsman reports.

January 6, 2011 -- Asbestos dumped near housing estate in Ireland

A large quantity of asbestos was recently dumped near a residential structure in Ireland.

January 5, 2011 -- Asbestos removal takes place in 9 schools on Australia's Gold Coast

While students are on holiday break, specialists have been working to remove asbestos from nine schools on Australia's Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Bulletin News reports.

January 5, 2011 -- Australian attorney general warns flood victims of asbestos dangers

The attorney general of an Australian state is warning residents to be mindful of asbestos-containing materials when cleaning up following a flood.

January 5, 2011 -- Asbestos firm in India claims it is unfairly targeted by protesters

A firm in India that is planning to open up an asbestos manufacturing plant said it was upset because it feels it is being unfairly targeted by protesters.

January 4, 2011 -- UK man's death ruled the result of asbestos exposure in the workplace

The death of a UK man who inhaled deadly asbestos fibers while working as an apprentice plumber as a 15-year-old has been ruled the result of an industrial disease 58 years later, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports.

January 4, 2011 -- Welsh high school closed after flood causes asbestos concerns

Cleanup work is underway at Welshpool High School in Wales, UK, after burst water pipes, radiators and tanks caused significant flood damage, the BBC reports.

January 3, 2011 -- Asbestos ban in Turkey takes effect

The country of Turkey has banned the production, use and supply of asbestos, according to Turkey's Environment Management Directorate General.