World Asbestos Report News

Archives: 2012

March 30, 2012 -- Citizens protest asbestos dumping near major UK water source

Members of the Chew Valley, England community are coming together to protest a planning application for a local quarry that reportedly calls for the dumping of asbestos near a major water source.

March 30, 2012 -- Japanese government found liable for asbestos exposure

The Osaka, Japan District Court recently ruled that the local government is responsible for not taking the proper steps to protect workers from asbestos exposure on the job, the Japan Times Online reports.

March 29, 2012 -- Australian residents upset over proposal to excavate asbestos site

A waste treatment plant proposed for a site in western Sydney, New South Wales, has reportedly sparked outrage in the local community because the site was once used to manufacture asbestos.

March 28, 2012 -- UK Supreme Court ruling may open up asbestos compensation for many

A UK Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for asbestos victims to have greater access to compensation.

March 28, 2012 -- Australian report details asbestos issues in ACT schools

Officials in the Australian Capital Territory recently revealed documents that show the extent of asbestos in the region's schools.

March 27, 2012 -- Former UK rail industry worker dies as a result of asbestos exposure

Another former railway worker in the U.K. died recently after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos for years while working with carriage brakes, the Derby Telegraph reports.

March 23, 2012 -- UK woman who washed husband's work clothes succumbs to asbestos illness

A U.K. woman died of an asbestos-related disease last December after she was indirectly exposed to the carcinogen decades ago while washing her husband's work clothes, an inquest heard recently.

March 22, 2012 -- Australian campsite to remain open despite asbestos discovery

A popular campsite in Australia will reportedly remain open to the public despite the recent discovery of chunks of asbestos by a five-year-old boy, according to the Central Midlands & Coastal Advocate.

March 22, 2012 -- Canadian reverend holds vigils protesting asbestos exports

A reverend in Canada is organizing a series of silent vigils to protest the export of asbestos to developing nations.

March 22, 2012 -- Health officials to inspect Ottawa public school for asbestos, other hazards

Public health officials in Ottawa, Canada, plan to examine a school that reportedly has issues with hazardous materials such as asbestos.

March 21, 2012 -- Australian who climbed Mount Everest dies of mesothelioma

An Australian man who once climbed to the summit of Mount Everest died recently of malignant mesothelioma after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos during the 1960s, according to United Press International.

March 21, 2012 -- Bill to ban asbestos brake pads proposed in Ontario

A member of Ontario's Provincial Parliament recently proposed a bill that would ban asbestos-containing brake pads, which can release the dangerous fibers and put the health of auto mechanics at risk.

March 21, 2012 -- UK demolition firm fined by HSE for asbestos violations

A demolition firm in the U.K. was recently fined for razing a building that contained asbestos.

March 21, 2012 -- Initial tests of Canadian university building find normal asbestos levels

A Canadian university recently said that a school building at the center of an asbestos controversy had a "very good" air quality review.

March 20, 2012 -- UK widow files asbestos lawsuit against school over husband's death

The widow of a former Eastbourne, England school teacher who allegedly died after being exposed to asbestos on the job has filed a lawsuit against the school, the Eastbourne Herald reports.

March 20, 2012 -- Colleagues of former UK steel worker sought for clues about asbestos death

Relatives of a former steel worker from Sheffield, England, who died of malignant mesothelioma are reportedly attempting to track down the man's colleagues for more information on how he was exposed to asbestos on the job.

March 20, 2012 -- Australian workers walk off job site due to asbestos concerns

A group of maintenance workers in Western Australia recently walked off their job site due to concerns of asbestos exposure from nearby demolition projects.

March 19, 2012 -- Australian primary school could be closed for year due to asbestos

Australia's Taylor Primary School could reportedly be closed down for more than a year after major asbestos concerns were brought to light in the aftermath of a heavy rainfall, the Canberra Times reports.

March 16, 2012 -- Elderly UK man upset at rash of illegal asbestos dumping

A retired U.K. man is calling on authorities to deal with the individuals responsible for allegedly dumping asbestos outside of his home.

March 16, 2012 -- UK man suffering from mesothelioma receives payout

A UK grandfather who is suffering from the rare cancer malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos more than five decades ago recently won £145,000 in compensation from his former employer.

March 15, 2012 -- Asbestos-related lung disease linked to UK dockyard worker's death

A former dockyard worker in the UK died in January after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos on the job, the Dorset Echo reports.

March 15, 2012 -- Scottish primary school evacuated over asbestos concerns

A primary school in Edinburgh, Scotland, was recently evacuated after dangerous asbestos materials were reportedly disturbed during renovation work that was taking place after hours, according to STV.

March 15, 2012 -- UK coroner: Man's malignant mesothelioma death caused by asbestos

A coroner's inquest in the U.K. recently determined that a man who held a variety of engineering jobs was killed by asbestos exposure.

March 14, 2012 -- Former UK ship worker dies from asbestosis complications

The serious risks of asbestos exposure were highlighted again recently in the UK when a former shipyard worker succumbed to a blood clot that had resulted from his heart disease and asbestosis.

March 14, 2012 -- Church roof causes asbestos concerns following UK blaze

U.K. residents living near a church that recently caught fire were told to stay in their homes during the blaze due to asbestos concerns.

March 14, 2012 -- Staff at Canadian university concerned about asbestos following colleague's death

A number of University of Calgary employees are concerned that they were exposed to asbestos during renovation work at a school building in 2003.

March 13, 2012 -- Australian cruise terminal ruled safe from asbestos

A port authority in Sydney, Australia, has confirmed that there was no asbestos left on a new cruise passenger terminal site at White Bay, according to the Inner West Courier.

March 13, 2012 -- UK councilors warned of potential asbestos exposure following visit to cinema

Bradford, UK council members were recently warned that they may have been exposed to asbestos during a visit to the former Odeon cinema, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports.

March 13, 2012 -- Australian boy finds asbestos chunks at campsite

Authorities in Western Australia are claiming that a popular campsite is safe, despite the fact that a young boy found large pieces of asbestos there.

March 13, 2012 -- Australian hospital workers receive information prior to asbestos removal

Workers at a hospital in the Australian state of Victoria recently underwent a bit of asbestos education to prepare them for the abatement of the naturally occurring substance on the site.

March 12, 2012 -- Former Canadian asbestos city looks for new economic identity

A city in the Canadian province of Quebec that was once home to an asbestos mine is learning how to cope without its economy centered on the extraction of a carcinogen.

March 9, 2012 -- Presence of asbestos concerns families of seniors at Canadian home

The families of elderly individuals at a seniors' home in Canada are concerned after asbestos work was observed on the property.

March 9, 2012 -- UK school closed through Easter break following asbestos find

A primary school in the U.K. will be closed through the Easter break after asbestos was found at the site.

March 8, 2012 -- UK school closed following asbestos find in wall

A primary school in the U.K. was recently closed after asbestos was reportedly discovered in a wall.

March 8, 2012 -- UK council calls emergency meeting following discovery of asbestos on beach

Sefton Council leaders in the UK recently called an emergency meeting after asbestos was discovered stretched out over two miles of a local beach, according to The Champion.

March 7, 2012 -- UK company fined for conducting inaccurate asbestos survey

An asbestos surveyor in Wales was recently fined for failing to identify the naturally occurring substance in a building slated to be demolished.

March 6, 2012 -- UK steel worker dies from malignant mesothelioma

A Workington, UK man who was employed as a steel worker recently succumbed to malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.

March 6, 2012 -- Coroner rules UK ship worker's malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos

A coroner's court in the UK recently ruled that a former ship worker died of the malignant mesothelioma that was caused by exposure to asbestos.

March 6, 2012 -- Illegal asbestos dumpers in UK may have left clue

Fly tipping - British slang for illegal dumping - of asbestos waste is sadly common in the UK but one perpetrator may have mistakenly left clues for authorities following one recent incident.

March 5, 2012 -- Manitoba residents angry over asbestos in town dump

FResidents in a town in northern Manitoba are upset that several tons of asbestos-containing waste was recently deposited at the local dump.

March 5, 2012 -- UK teachers' union calls for asbestos removal from schools

A teachers' union in England is calling for asbestos to be removed from all schools after the death of a teacher from an asbestos-caused disease.

March 5, 2012 -- Former British Rail worker claimed he ate lunch around asbestos dust

An inquest heard recently that former British Rail coach builder William Edmonds used to eat his lunch while surrounded by a cloud of dangerous asbestos dust, the Derby Telegraph reports.

March 5, 2012 -- UK woman seeks to have asbestos removed from roof

A UK woman who claims to be having difficulty breathing after reportedly living with exposed asbestos over the past four months is looking for someone to remove the carcinogenic material and fix her roof.

March 2, 2012 -- Tests show no asbestos at Quebec high school

Tests at a high school in the Canadian province of Quebec showed that no asbestos was present.

March 2, 2012 -- UK carriage factory workers' asbestos death toll climbing

With at least 140 former York, UK carriage-work factory employees and family members having succumbed to asbestos-related diseases, one campaigner is speaking out against the manner in which these individuals were exposed to the dangerous material.

March 1, 2012 -- Significant portion of fines issued by WorkSafeBC in 2011 were asbestos related

WorkSafeBC - the workplace safety authority for British Columbia, Canada - issued $4.9 million in fines in 2011, and 15 percent of those were a result of asbestos or hazardous material violations.

March 1, 2012 -- Former UK steel worker succumbs to asbestosis

A retired UK steel worker recently died of asbestosis after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos during his career, an inquest heard recently.