World Asbestos Report News
Archives: March 2011
March 31, 2011 -- Asbestos doesn't pose health risk at Canadian school
An independent environmental consultant said recently that asbestos discovered in Canada's Shannon Park Elementary School is undisturbed and is not a health hazard for students and staff members, the Chronicle Herald reports.
March 31, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered in 58 UK schools
The Flintshire Chronicle reports that all 12 of the high schools and 46 of the 74 primary schools in Flintshire, UK, contain asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral.
Toothill, UK native Robert Marsh, 53, has been issued a fine of £500 after he admitted to illegally dumping a bag containing asbestos outside of a business, the Swindon Advertiser reports.
March 28, 2011 -- UK museum undergoes asbestos abatement
The Peterborough Museum in the UK is in the process of multi-billion pound renovation project, part of which recently included asbestos abatement work, Peterborough Today reports.
March 28, 2011 -- UK family sues steel company after man's mesothelioma death
The family of a former UK businessman who reportedly died of malignant mesothelioma has filed an asbestos lawsuit against TATA Steel, one of the largest steel companies in the world, the Scunthorpe Telegraph reports.
March 25, 2011 -- Tasmanian unions approve proposed asbestos compensation plan
A number of labor groups in the Australian state of Tasmania have given their stamp of approval to proposed legislation that would help asbestos disease victims gain access to compensation.
Health risks linked with exposure to asbestos have become increasingly problematic, as many people are beginning to display the symptoms of the deadly diseases caused by the carcinogenic material decades after they were initially exposed.
March 23, 2011 -- Number of lung cancer cells could indicate aggressiveness of disease
A group of British researchers working with the charity organization Cancer Research UK recently discovered that counting the number of lung cancer cells in a patient's blood could help indicate which treatment should be used.
March 23, 2011 -- Asbestosis kills former UK marine, coroner's court hears
A recent coroner's inquest in the UK found that a former power plant worker died of asbestosis, a lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos.
A county councilor in the UK has lashed out at fellow council members after it recently became clear that local residents will have to pay for properly disposing of asbestos waste at recycling centers, the South Devon Herald Express reports.
March 22, 2011 -- Canadian motel to be demolished after asbestos abatement
After a lengthy court battle, the city of Castlegar in British Columbia, Canada, has received approval to tear down the City Centre Motel, which is located in the downtown area, according to the Castlegar Source.
March 22, 2011 -- Australian doctors express concerns over asbestos at hospital
Staff members at an Australian hospital are claiming that the condition of the facility has become so poor that patients are now facing potential asbestos exposure.
March 21, 2011 -- Former UK tire manufacturer dies of malignant mesothelioma
A former employee of Avon Rubber, a UK-based manufacturer of rubber products for a variety of industries, died in September as a result of malignant mesothelioma, an inquest heard recently.
March 18, 2011 -- Fines for UK firms that exposed workers to asbestos
Two firms in the UK were recently fined for allowing workers to be exposed to asbestos.
March 17, 2011 -- Western Australia residents fear asbestos from old industrial site
Residents of a suburb of Perth in the state of Western Australia recently voiced their concerns about asbestos at a nearby industrial site.
March 16, 2011 -- Lung cancer rate increasing in British women over 60
The rate of lung cancer in British women aged 60 and over rose significantly between 1975 and 2008, according to Cancer Research UK, a cancer charity.
Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada recently found that daily doses of fish oil might make chemotherapy more efficient for those with lung cancer, a disease that can be caused by asbestos exposure.
March 15, 2011 -- Asbestos use to be banned in Israel
The use of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is expected to be banned in Israel as the Asbestos Bill should reportedly take effect in August, the Jerusalem Post reports.
March 15, 2011 -- Schools in North Wales deal with asbestos
Many schools in North Wales still contain asbestos, a carcinogenic material, but municipal authorities are keeping their eyes on the situations, according to Daily Post North Wales.
March 14, 2011 -- UK residents fear asbestos material used in making of woodland path
Residents near Wappenbury Wood in the UK are upset over fears that the environmental charity in charge of the area used waste that contained asbestos when creating a path.
March 14, 2011 -- Bermuda public to be consulted on asbestos disposal plan
The public of Bermuda will be consulted on a $4.9 million project that will require asbestos abatement work.
March 11, 2011 -- Family of former UK miner wins asbestos compensation
The family of a former UK miner who died a number of years after the company he worked for experimented with asbestos coating in a pit has been given compensation three years after his death, the BBC reports.
March 11, 2011 -- Asbestos removed from Canadian hospital
In the midst of a $50,000 project that began last week and is expected to last until the end of the month, the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Canada has had asbestos removed from some of its ceilings, the Trail Daily Times reports.
March 11, 2011 -- Australian store given one week to cleanup asbestos
An Australian health and safety agency has given a shop owner one week to remove loose asbestos from his store.
March 10, 2011 -- Former UK printer died of malignant mesothelioma
A former UK worker in the printing industry reportedly died of malignant mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, an inquest was told recently.
March 10, 2011 -- Major Quebec union pulls support for Jeffrey asbestos mine
The attempt to revive Quebec's flagging asbestos industry recently hit a serious roadblock as one of the largest unions in the Canadian province said that the government should not support the revival of the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
March 10, 2011 -- Asbestos delays demolition of fire-damaged Vancouver building
The demolition of a fire-damaged housing structure in British Columbia has been delayed after asbestos was found at the site.
Construction materials that may have been illegally dumped and could contain asbestos have been discovered in soil in Penfield, Australia, the News Review Messenger reports.
March 8, 2011 -- UK construction safety workshop to cover asbestos procedures
Construction workers in a UK region are being encouraged to attend a free safety seminar to learn about asbestos-handling procedures and other practices to reduce the risk of experiencing an injury on the job.
March 7, 2011 -- Study: Asbestos health risks often overlooked
According to a recent study conducted by Canadian researchers, the health risks of asbestos and lead paint in walls can often be overlooked during renovation work, Reuters reports.
A coroner's inquest in the UK recently heard that an assistant postmaster died of malignant mesothelioma caused by the asbestos exposure he endured while on the job.
March 7, 2011 -- Demolition work at UK council house to begin
The demolition work at a part of a UK municipal authority's home is ready to begin after an asbestos survey was conducted.
According to the Fraser Coast Chronicle, workers at Australian telecommunications company Telstra reportedly left a broken asbestos-containing junction box in the driveway of a local resident for six weeks.
March 4, 2011 -- Safety concerns arise over asbestos removal at UK health center
The potential removal of asbestos from the roof of the Walton Health Centre in Surrey, England, has caused some local residents to become concerned about the dangerous mineral, reports the Surrey Herald.
March 3, 2011 -- Roofing firm caused asbestos to be released in UK town
A roofing company in the UK was recently fined for allowing asbestos fibers to be spread throughout a town.
March 2, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns stop renovation work at UK hospital
Material that is thought to be asbestos has been discovered during renovation work at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, UK, stopping the work for an indefinite period of time, the BBC reports.
March 1, 2011 -- Australian park closed for asbestos removal
The You Yangs Regional Park in Australia will have all of its asbestos pipes removed as part of a $1.2 million Parks Victoria project that will keep the majority of the site closed for nearly two months, the Geelong Advertiser reports.
March 1, 2011 -- Former UK rail worker dies from malignant mesothelioma
Former British rail worker Doug Varty was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, in 2009 and died last year as a result of the asbestos-related disease, an inquest heard recently.
March 1, 2011 -- UK health authority fines council for asbestos violations
A municipal authority in the UK was recently fined by the Health and Safety Executive, Britain's federal health agency, for asbestos violations at a city building.
March 1, 2011 -- UK residents raise concerns over asbestos-handling site
UK residents living near an asbestos-handling site have raised concerns about the potential for them to come in contact with the carcinogenic substance.