World Asbestos Report News

Archives: January 2012

January 31, 2012 -- UK residents angered after asbestos discovered during building work

The discovery of asbestos during renovation work on a housing complex in Walthamstow, England, has residents upset that they were not warned about the dangerous mineral fibers potentially being disturbed and released into the air.

January 26, 2012 -- UK man dies of mesothelioma caused by asbestos in prefab home

A UK man recently passed away from malignant mesothelioma, and a coroner's inquest was told that the disease was caused by asbestos present in the man's prefabricated home.

January 26, 2012 -- Alberta hockey arena closed following asbestos discovery

The Baytex Energy Centre in Peace River, Alberta, which houses a number of local hockey teams, has reportedly been closed indefinitely after traces of asbestos were discovered in the building.

January 25, 2012 -- Vancouver man receives jail sentence after exposing workers to asbestos

An employer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who was reportedly responsible for exposing his workers to dangerous asbestos during demolition projects has been sentenced to 60 days in prison.

January 24, 2012 -- Burned down Australian factory presents asbestos dangers

Australian workers are currently removing debris from the site of a fire in an asbestos-containing factory.

January 23, 2012 -- UK woman succumbs to mesothelioma after years of factory work

A 47-year-old woman from Gainsborough, England, recently passed away as a result of malignant mesothelioma more than 25 years after she was reportedly exposed to asbestos while working in a factory.

January 19, 2012 -- Charity ball raises money for asbestos victims

A recent charity ball held in Skipton, England, in the memory of a man who died of an asbestos-related cancer raised £5,800 for a local hospital and a malignant mesothelioma charity.

January 18, 2012 -- Former UK electrician succumbs to asbestos disease at young age

A UK man who worked as an apprentice electrician died recently at the age of 40 from asbestos-related pleural thickening, an illness that leads to scarring of the lungs.

January 18, 2012 -- Australian locals' asbestos concerns addressed

While a number of Australians have expressed concerns over the removal of an asbestos-containing roof at a local fitness center, officials are saying that all necessary precautions will be taken during the work.

January 18, 2012 -- Two UK sisters die from asbestos disease caused by second-hand exposure

Two sisters from the UK recently died of an asbestos disease that was contracted as a result of their father inadvertently bringing home the hazardous substance on his work clothes.

January 18, 2012 -- Construction of Montreal hospital will involve no asbestos

A new hospital being constructed in Canada will reportedly contain no asbestos in its drainage pipes.

January 17, 2012 -- Canadian Red Cross board member with asbestos ties resigns

A woman with ties to the asbestos industry recently resigned from the board of the Canadian Red Cross, as anti-asbestos advocates called on her to do so.

January 17, 2012 -- Australian mayor assures residents dust poses no asbestos threat

A mayor of a town in New South Wales, Australia, is assuring residents that there is no asbestos risk posed by red dust that has covered a park in recent days.

January 17, 2012 -- Protests launched in UK over asbestos dumping near water source

Protesters in Somerset, England, have reportedly begun a new campaign to stop the potential dumping of asbestos near a local water source, reports This Is Somerset.

January 16, 2012 -- Greek report reviews asbestos exposure, mesothelioma epidemic three decades later

Many mesothelioma patients have a history of occupational asbestos exposure, but occasionally individuals with the disease encounter the noxious material in a different way. A case in point is the use of "luto," an asbestos-containing whitewash used extensively in households in the Greek prefecture of Ioannina until 1990 or so.

January 16, 2012 -- New South Wales gives $3.5 million for mesothelioma research

The Australian state of New South Wales recently allocated millions of dollars to an institute to help it with mesothelioma research.

January 13, 2012 -- Former UK pipe fitter succumbs to mesothelioma after brief battle

A pipe fitter from the UK who worked in shipyards in Britain, Germany and Finland recently passed away after an 18-month battle with malignant mesothelioma, according to the North-West Evening Mail.

January 12, 2012 -- UK asbestosis sufferer fought for other victims

A former UK power station worker who succumbed to asbestosis on Christmas is being remembered for his tireless efforts to help other victims with asbestos-related illnesses.

January 12, 2012 -- UK naval veteran's mesothelioma death ruled a result of industrial disease

A UK man who worked for most of his career in a shoe-making factory was determined to have died from asbestos-caused malignant mesothelioma.

January 12, 2012 -- Korean students potentially exposed to asbestos to receive lifetime healthcare

The South Korean government has said that it would offer special lifetime healthcare to students who were exposed to asbestos at a number of schools.

January 11, 2012 -- French judge investigating asbestos advocates for 'involuntary homicide'

A French judge is currently investigating whether members of a government committee focused on asbestos are responsible for certain deaths related to the substance.

January 11, 2012 -- Report finds elevated asbestos levels in eight Korean schools

A recent report claims that a number of schools in South Korea have elevated levels of asbestos.

January 11, 2012 -- UK land transfer delayed due to asbestos discovery

Sheets of asbestos have reportedly been discovered strewn across public land in Staffordshire, England, delaying the process of transferring ownership of the land, according to the Burton Mail.

January 10, 2012 -- Asbestos found illegally dumped in British Columbia

A neighborhood in the Canadian province of British Columbia was recently alarmed by the presence of illegally dumped asbestos.

January 10, 2012 -- Asbestos find delays work at Australian site

Renovation work at a building in Australia has been delayed after asbestos was found to be present.

January 10, 2012 -- UK sock manufacturer accused of exposing workers to asbestos

A Welsh company that has manufactured socks for Prince Charles has been accused of exposing its employees to dangerous asbestos after hiring unqualified contractors, according to the South Wales Evening Post.

January 9, 2012 -- Australian family forced from home following contractor's asbestos mishap

A family from Chelsea in Victoria, Australia, was recently forced to evacuate their home after a contractor allegedly showered the building with asbestos while hosing down a neighbor's roof.

January 9, 2012 -- Asbestos experts on hand to deal with Australian fire site

Asbestos specialists have been brought to the site of a fire in the Australian state of New South Wales to assess the danger posed by the burned-down structure.

January 6, 2012 -- Community center in UK undergoes asbestos removal work

A community center in the UK was recently the focus of an asbestos abatement project.

January 6, 2012 -- Northern Ireland official questions use of asbestos water mains

An official in Northern Ireland recently found that a utility has no plans to replace a number of asbestos containing pipes.

January 5, 2012 -- Australian shed closed after asbestos scare

Two cargo sheds in the Australian state of Victoria have been shut down due to the presence of asbestos.

Janary 5, 2012 -- Budget for Northern Israel asbestos removal project doubled

Israel Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan recently took a tour of sites in the northern part of the country that are having asbestos removed and opted to double the funding for the projects to cut down on the time expected to complete the work.

January 5, 2012 -- Charges brought against UK council following asbestos scare at primary school

The release of asbestos into the environment at a UK primary school has reportedly led to charges being filed against the local county council.

January 5, 2012 -- UK resident lashes out at council for lack of asbestos action

A UK resident recently accused the local council of failing to protect citizens from asbestos dangers after the carcinogenic material was reportedly dumped on a nearby footpath.

January 4, 2012 -- Australian warns against dangers of asbestos exposure

Far too many people are intimately acquainted with the deadly consequences of asbestos exposure and one Australian man is trying to make sure that less people gain this knowledge.

January 3, 2012 -- Rwandan schools cite lack of funding to replace asbestos roofs

While the small African country of Rwanda has become more dedicated to removing asbestos from public buildings such as schools and hospitals, many of these facilities are concerned about a lack of funding to replace roofs that contain the carcinogen.

January 3, 2012 -- Zimbabwe to reopen asbestos mine

The African country of Zimbabwe appears to be set to resume operations at an asbestos mine.

January 3, 2012 -- UK library to undergo asbestos abatement

A library in the UK will be closed for a week while asbestos is removed from the facility.

January 1, 2012 -- Welsh county sees high rate of malignant mesothelioma deaths

A UK county with about 70,000 people has seen a large number of people die from the asbestos-caused cancer malignant mesothelioma.