World Asbestos Report News

Archives: June 2010

June 30, 2010 -- Englishwoman fears asbestos contamination in home

An elderly Englishwoman is claiming that the housing association that runs the apartment complex in which she lives isn't taking urgent enough action to fix asbestos problems that plague her residence.

June 30, 2010 -- Canada: One of the biggest exporters of asbestos

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the National Specialty Society for Community Medicine (NSSCM) are asking for the federal and provincial governments to stop mining, using and exporting asbestos.

June 29, 2010 -- Canadian Cancer Society: Don't revive asbestos mining

The Canadian government's recent decision to extend a $58 million loan to support the country's asbestos industry has drawn a great deal of criticism, and now the Canadian Cancer Society has spoken out.

June 28, 2010 -- Asbestos group to put pressure on Australian government

An Australian cancer awareness group is calling for the country to increase its focus on its asbestos issues.

June 25, 2010 -- Man wins asbestos claim against former employer

A Queensland, Australia, resident won a claim against his former employer's insurer after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

June 25, 2010 -- Asbestos protests take place around the world

People around the world are protesting the use of asbestos, as a new loan to expand a mine in Asbestos, Canada, has brought attention to the deadly fiber.

June 23, 2010 -- Ad angers Asbestos municipal councilor

A municipal councilor is trying to promote tourism in the town of Asbestos, Quebec, but an ad for an upcoming reality TV show is making his job a little harder.

June 22, 2010 -- Seventy-two year old man diagnosed with mesothelioma receives £160,000 in compensation

A former factory worker from Preston, England, received more than £160,000 in compensation from Leyland Motors.

June 22, 2010 -- Asbestos caused Englishman's mesothelioma, death

An elderly Englishman who spent 12 years working with asbestos passed away after a short battle with malignant mesothelioma.

June 22, 2010 -- Developers buy asbestos-ridden hospital in Tasmania

After months in limbo, a decision has finally been made regarding an asbestos-plagued Tasmanian hospital.

June 21, 2010 -- Queensland, Australia, to tighten asbestos regulation

Queensland, Australia, recently released the results of an independent audit of the Queensland State Schools Asbestos Management procedures, which will likely help the state government improve the way it handles the deadly mineral.

June 21, 2010 -- Asbestos to be removed from college campus during renovation

Asbestos specialists are preparing to remove the harmful mineral that was found during a renovation project at Carlisle College in England, during the upcoming week.

June 21, 2010 -- Residents fight plans to store asbestos waste behind homes

Residents of Holbury, England, have vowed to fight plans to store asbestos waste in a site behind their homes.

June 18, 2010 -- Asbestos found in military structures in Malta

Asbestos has been found in several military buildings used by the Armed Forces of Malta.

June 18, 2010 -- Widow wants to track down husband's ex-colleagues for justice over death

The widow of a Birmingham, England, worker, who died from mesothelioma, wants to track down her husband's ex-colleagues to help get justice over his asbestos-related death.

June 18, 2010 -- Safe asbestos removal campaign adopted nationally in Australia

The Holroyd City Council's campaign for standardized regulations for asbestos removal has been unanimously adopted at this week's National General Assembly of Councils in Australia.

June 16, 2010 -- Asbestos causes death of former engineer

An Englishman has died of mesothelioma, which he reportedly contracted from contact with asbestos.

June 15, 2010 -- Families denied asbestos cash as cases head for Supreme Court

Two English families are facing a tough legal challenge after initially winning compensation for being exposed to asbestos.

June 14, 2010 -- Canadian asbestos mine likely to receive $58 million loan

It appears likely that Quebec's floundering asbestos industry will get the financial boost it needs to continue its operations. This development comes despite an international outcry about the dangers of the deadly mineral.

June 14, 2010 -- "Breathe Easy Week" highlights asbestos risks

June 14 marks the first day of the British Lung Foundation's "Breathe Easy Week" campaign, when events around the nation will be held to raise awareness of lung-related illnesses.

June 11, 2010 -- Asbestos group campaigner dies

Pauline Cade, an English asbestos group campaigner, died from mesothelioma recently after fighting the cancer for over four years.

June 10, 2010 -- Artillery instructors may have been exposed to asbestos

Perhaps no group of individuals has been exposed to asbestos quite as much as military personnel. And while many of the cases of asbestos exposure took place decades ago in naval yards, there is still a threat of coming into contact with the deadly mineral while in the service, as artillery instructors in the Australian army are finding out.

June 10, 2010 -- British legislator fights for asbestos victims

A member of British Parliament is pushing the government to better compensate victims of asbestos exposure.

June 9, 2010 -- Asbestos scare closes ferry cafeteria

The cafeteria on the British Columbia Ferry, which runs between the Comox and Powell Rivers in Canada, has been closed due to an asbestos scare.

June 9, 2010 -- New Zealand to destroy asbestos-laden homes in Niue

Government officials in New Zealand have ordered the demolition of over 100 abandoned houses in Niue that are filled with asbestos.

June 8, 2010 -- Youth activity building closed over asbestos concerns

Organizations, especially those that work with young people, can never be too cautious when it comes to asbestos. That is why the Police Citizen Youth Club (PCYC) in Australia is shutting down its building for six to eight weeks.

June 8, 2010 -- Asbestos lawyer warns tornado victims

In the aftermath of a tornado, an Australian community must deal with the asbestos that the storm spread throughout the area. Now, residents are being cautioned to examine their insurance to make sure that they are covered for any potential asbestos exposure they may have experienced.

June 8, 2010 -- Asbestos discovery halts demolition

The English town of Chorley has stopped the demolition of a burned building after workers found what they believe to be large amounts of asbestos in the walls and debris.

June 7, 2010 -- Australian government will pay for asbestos cleanup following tornado

Australia's government has agreed to pay for the work required to clean up private property that had asbestos dumped on it by a tornado.

June 7, 2010 -- Asbestos halts public housing project

Residents of an Australian community are calling for the construction of public housing units to be stopped after asbestos was found at the site.

June 7, 2010 -- Tasmanian government creates asbestos unit

The Labor Party in Tasmania has delivered on its election promise to create an asbestos agency.

June 7, 2010 -- Refinery workers fear they were exposed to asbestos

Recently, workers at Alcoa's Pinjarra alumina refinery were allegedly exposed to chrysotile asbestos, while refurbishing imported pipe gaskets from China.

June 4, 2010 -- Dockworker dies from mesothelioma

Unlike many other diseases, asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to develop after one has been exposed to the deadly mineral, as was the case with a former dockworker who recently passed away from mesothelioma.

June 4, 2010 -- Tornado spreads asbestos throughout Australian town

A tornado can damage a community in a number of ways, tearing up houses, knocking down powerlines and contaminating the water supply. These dangers are obvious, but one that is not so prominent is the asbestos that can spread when buildings are torn asunder and the wind blows the dust throughout the area. One Australian town is currently dealing with such a danger.

June 4, 2010 -- Australian man receives damages for his mesothelioma

One of the few things that those diagnosed with mesothelioma can do to help themselves is to review their life and figure out who was responsible for exposing them to the asbestos that caused their condition. That is precisely what one Australian man did, resulting in an award of more than $500,000 in damages from a former employer.

June 4, 2010 -- Engineering firm fined for failing to protect employees from asbestos

Darchem Engineering Ltd, an Aberdeen based company, was fined £3,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Britain, after two workers were potentially exposed to asbestos fibers.

June 3, 2010 -- Asbestos holds up reopening of library

The reopening of a public library in Canada has been delayed because construction workers uncovered a significant amount of asbestos.

June 1, 2010 -- Family looks into father's asbestos death

The family members of an Englishman who passed away from an asbestos-related disease is investigating whether they might be eligible for compensation from the demolition company for which he worked.

June 1, 2010 -- English health facility failed to conduct asbestos survey

The National Health Service (NHS) in an English town has been given an improvement notice for not conducting an asbestos survey.