World Asbestos Report News
Archives: July 2011
A UK inquest heard recently that former builder Kenneth Lam passed away in May after being exposed to asbestos throughout his career and subsequently developing malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
July 29, 2011 -- UK residents upset over repair delays due to asbestos
Residents of Highams Park in the UK have expressed frustration over the fact that repairs to their homes have been delayed by asbestos and other reasons.
July 29, 2011 -- Australian school gets asbestos clearance
Australia's New South Wales Education Department has reportedly given the all-clear to the Gol Gol Primary School near Mildura after parents had been initially concerned that their children might have been exposed to asbestos particles.
July 29, 2011 -- Canadian company fined for asbestos violations during demolition
A St. John's, Newfoundland-based construction company was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to two asbestos violations.
July 28, 2011 -- Scottish artist dies of malignant mesothelioma
An artist from Scotland died this month after reportedly being exposed to clouds of potentially asbestos-containing dust throughout his working career, the Scottish Daily Record reports.
July 28, 2011 -- Asbestos ceiling collapse in India injures students
The collapse of an asbestos sheet ceiling at the Government Primary School in Barkas, India, left a number of students injured, according to the Times of India.
Former UK plumber Peter Rodney Allen recently died after contracting the asbestos-related disease malignant mesothelioma, according to the Wokingham Times.
July 28, 2011 -- Ex-UK health official warns of asbestos danger from industrial site
A former UK health official is warning that harmful substances - including asbestos - are seeping into a river near three schools from an industrial site.
July 27, 2011 -- Australian unions upset over delays in asbestos compensation
Unions in the Australian state of New South Wales are upset at delays with its asbestos compensation program.
The rehabilitation of an old asbestos mine in the Australian state of New South Wales is causing a bit of a controversy.
July 26, 2011 -- UK council development project delayed after asbestos discovery
Asbestos discovered at the Loddon House in Basingstoke, UK, will reportedly delay a council redevelopment project, according to the Basingstoke Gazette.
July 25, 2011 -- Experts in Tanzania caution population about asbestos exposure
Asbestos is still being utilized as a building material in a number of countries around the world, and experts in Africa's United Republic of Tanzania recently issued a warning about inhaling the dangerous mineral fibers.
July 22, 2011 -- Longtime UK electrician dies of mesothelioma
A former UK electrician who worked in the field for nearly 40 years reportedly developed malignant mesothelioma after inhaling asbestos fibers for years, which ultimately led to his death.
A rail worker in the UK who died of malignant mesothelioma had the highest level of asbestos in his lungs the examining coroner had ever seen.
July 22, 2011 -- Asbestos find delays Australian library project
The redevelopment of a library in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed after asbestos was discovered at the site.
July 22, 2011 -- UK coroner: Man's mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure
An avid walker in the UK recently passed away from malignant mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
July 21, 2011 -- UK woman dies after being exposed to asbestos during working career
A Cumbrian, UK woman recently passed away from malignant mesothelioma after she was reportedly exposed to asbestos on the job years ago, according to the News & Star.
July 21, 2011 -- England native succumbs to malignant mesothelioma
A former English shipbuilder died recently after being exposed to asbestos on a number of occasions throughout his working career.
July 20, 2011 -- Swimming to resume in UK pool found to contain asbestos
After delays of more than a year, a Buxton, England swimming pool will finally reopen to the public after asbestos was removed from the facility, according to BBC News.
July 20, 2011 -- UK parents concerned as asbestos removed from school
Parents of children at a primary school in Cynon Valley - located in the UK - are reportedly angry after contractors began removing asbestos from the facility while the children were still inside.
July 19, 2011 -- UK retailer found guilty of various asbestos violations
Marks and Spencer, a retailer located in the UK, was recently convicted after it reportedly put workers and the public at risk of being exposed to asbestos during renovation work at two stores.
July 18, 2011 -- UK cathedral undergoes asbestos removal
A cathedral in Bradford, England, must undergo a costly asbestos removal as part of its $400,000 facelift, The Telegraph and Argus reports. After the asbestos is removed, painting and decoration will resume. The asbestos removal and remodel will take approximately three months.
July 18, 2011 -- Australian school found to contain asbestos after maintenance work
Asbestos was recently found in a school in Queensland, Australia, after routine maintenance. According to the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Hervey Bay's Torquay State School tested positive for the carcinogenic material.
July 14, 2011 -- Discovery of asbestos delays move of Canadian food bank
A food bank in Ontario, Canada, that is being moved to a different location will have to wait while asbestos is removed from the new site, according to the Hamilton Spectator.
A former manual engineer who worked in that capacity in the UK between 1946 and 1971 died of malignant mesothelioma at the age of 80 last month after being exposed to asbestos on the job for a number of years, according to the St. Albans & Harpenden Review.
July 14, 2011 -- Illegal asbestos dumping investigated by New Zealand authorities
New Zealand authorities are looking into a possible instance of illegal asbestos dumping in a riverbed.
July 13, 2011 -- Widow of UK asbestos victim warns other builders
The widow of a UK builder who died of malignant mesothelioma after reportedly being exposed to asbestos on the job is warning other workers to protect themselves to avoid similar fates.
July 13, 2011 -- Fire-damaged UK soccer clubhouse contains asbestos
Games at a soccer club in the UK need to be postponed after a fire burned down the clubhouse, which contains asbestos.
July 12, 2011 -- Small amounts of asbestos found in burned building in Canada
Trace amounts of asbestos were found in the rubble of a burned out building in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
July 11, 2011 -- British company prosecuted after workers are exposed to asbestos
A British company was recently charged with violating the Control of Asbestos Regulations after employees were exposed to warehouses containing the dangerous material. Fosters of Thrybergh was held responsible for allowing six employees to be subjected to a work environment contaminated by asbestos.
The renovation of Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, UK, which was halted earlier this year due to the discovery of asbestos, could include more substantial renovations after other problems were discovered.
Canadian Industry Minister Clement Gignac recently alluded to the fact that the country might put an end to the controversial expansion of the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
July 8, 2011 -- Asbestos compensation plan approved by Tasmania's Lower House
A plan to provide compensation for asbestos victims in the Australian state of Tasmania recently cleared a legislative hurdle.
A regulatory body in India recently warned the government about its allegedly contradictory position on chrysotile asbestos.
Although asbestos exposure has been linked to deadly diseases like mesothelioma, some developing countries around the world have been increasingly using this low-cost building material to help grow their infrastructure.
A Turin, Italy court is reportedly seeking to lock up a wealthy Belgian man and a Swiss billionaire in one of the largest trials over asbestos-related deaths in history, reports AFP.
July 6, 2011 -- Italian chef stricken with mesothelioma awarded compensation
An Italian chef who worked around asbestos-lined pizza ovens in the UK recently received a significant amount of compensation after he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, reports the Salisbury Journal.
The son of former UK shop display manager Maurice Rivers, who died from the rare cancer malignant mesothelioma, is reportedly seeking a significant amount of financial compensation from those responsible for exposing the man to asbestos.
July 6, 2011 -- UK daycare center cleared after asbestos scare
The St. Albans Leisure Center's daycare facility is reportedly safe from asbestos after it was initially closed on June 17 for renovation work on an area known to contain the carcinogenic material reports the Brimbank Leader.
An Australian man recently accused local authorities of dumping asbestos-containing waste at a work site.
July 5, 2011 -- UK man is fighting mesothelioma
Some people who develop mesothelioma are unsure of whether they were exposed to asbestos, but 69-year-old George Harris of Beacon Park recently told ThisIsPlymouth.com that he remembers particles of the substance falling around him like snow when he worked as a pipefitter for 37 years.