World Asbestos Report News
Archives: May 2011
A recent survey conducted by India's Mine Labor Protection Campaign (MPLC) found that there are more former asbestos mine workers in the country than originally expected, reports the Times of India.
May 31, 2011 -- UK officials say asbestos in school is properly managed
Officials at a UK school recently admitted that the structure contains asbestos but maintained that the substance was not a threat to students and staff.
May 31, 2011 -- South Australia detention center contains asbestos
A detention center in the Australian state of South Australia reportedly contains asbestos.
May 27, 2011 -- Former UK carpenter, taxi driver dies of mesothelioma
A retired UK taxi driver who spent much of his career working as a carpenter at a number of power stations reportedly died of malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
The UK widow of a man who died of malignant mesothelioma is reportedly trying to understand when and where her husband had been exposed to asbestos, reports the Worcester News.
Some experts are warning that the rubble from the earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, in February of this year presents asbestos risks.
May 26, 2011 -- Asbestos still being removed from flood-hit Australian homes
Asbestos removal continues in many flood-damaged homes in the Australian state of Queensland.
May 26, 2011 -- Funding approved for asbestos-contaminated Welsh hospital
Tens of millions of pounds in funding have been approved for the redevelopment of a Welsh hospital.
May 26, 2011 -- Asbestos-containing Australian beach to be filled with concrete
A beach near the Macleay Island ferry terminal in Australia that contains asbestos is expected to be converted into a concrete parking lot if the Redland City Council receives government approval.
May 26, 2011 -- Hundreds of UK schools reportedly contain asbestos
In a recent statement, the UK's Western Education and Library Board (WELB) confirmed that more than 200 local schools contain asbestos, reports the Londonderry Sentinel.
May 25, 2011 -- Australian trade group alerts authorities about asbestos
An Australian trade association recently alerted state authorities about the presence of asbestos at a work site that was posing health risks to workers.
The Manila, Philippines Department of Education was recently asked to take certain steps in order to protect local teachers from being exposed to hazardous substances such as asbestos in the workplace.
May 25, 2011 -- Coroner: Former UK builder died of malignant mesothelioma
An inquest heard recently that former Caversham, UK builder and decorator Peter Waters died last year of malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer.
May 24, 2011 -- UK resident upset after asbestos discovered in garden
An Enfield, UK man recently referred to the Enfield Homes housing association as a "disgrace" after asbestos was reportedly discovered in the soil the group used for filling his garden, reports the Enfield Independent.
May 24, 2011 -- UK builders offered asbestos awareness training
Asbestos awareness and proper procedure seminars are being offered for certain workers in the UK.
A 96-year-old Yardley Gobion, UK man recently died of malignant mesothelioma, which was ruled an industrial disease by a coroner, according to Buckingham Today.
May 23, 2011 -- Illegal dumping of asbestos, other materials costly to Wales
Fly-tipping is a British term for illegal dumping and such activities, which include asbestos being improperly disposed of, are costing Wales £3 million a year to clean up.
A UK widow of a man who died of the rare cancer malignant mesothelioma is seeking her husband's former colleagues to help with her asbestos compensation claim.
May 20, 2011 -- UK man jailed over accusations of illegal asbestos dumping
A man from Crowborough, UK, was jailed recently after allegedly dumping building waste including asbestos-containing materials in various streets and setting it on fire to cover it up, reports the Sussex Courier.
The family of a UK stonemason who died of mesothelioma is hoping to obtain asbestos compensation and is seeking the man's former colleagues for help.
May 20, 2011 -- Still no action on asbestos-contaminated valley in UK
The site of the world's largest asbestos tile factory in the UK still contains a large quantity of the carcinogenic substance, prompting outrage among some residents.
A coroner ruled recently that a former Merchant Navy shipyard worker in the UK died of malignant mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-related cancer, the News & Star reports.
Asbestos can be found in more than 85 percent of the schools in the capital of South Korea, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
May 18, 2011 -- UK museum renovation delayed due to asbestos find
Renovation work on the Bridewell Alley Museum in Norwich, UK, has been delayed following the discovery of asbestos on the site, reports the Norwich Evening News.
May 18, 2011 -- Asbestos illegally dumped in Wales community
A community in Wales has witnessed a significant amount of illegal asbestos dumping over the past few weeks.
May 18, 2011 -- Asbestos found during restoration of UK pipe organ
Asbestos was used in many different ways for many years and as a result it can be found in a number of places, including pipe organs.
A Canadian demolition contractor who appeared to have avoided jail for asbestos violations may not be out of the woods yet.
May 16, 2011 -- Canadian report shows high levels of asbestos in some structures
A Canadian report reveals that many public buildings in the country have high levels of asbestos in the air.
May 12, 2011 -- Former UK painter dies of asbestos-related disease
A former painter and decorator in the UK recently died as a result of asbestos-related malignant mesothelioma, an inquest heard recently.
May 12, 2011 -- Mayor of UK city contracts asbestos-related lung cancer
Rex Barnett, the mayor of Swindon, UK, recently revealed that he is suffering from asbestos-related lung cancer, likely stemming from his time working in British rail workshops, the Swindon Advertiser reports.
The elementary school at Ecole canadienne-francaise in Saskatoon, Canada, is reportedly ready to be re-opened after air quality tests indicated that there was no health hazard posed by asbestos insulation in the building.
May 11, 2011 -- Asbestos-containing Ottawa theater set to be torn down
The Astrolabe Theatre on Nepean Point in Ottawa, Canada, is set to be demolished, but not before asbestos and other hazardous substances are removed from the facility, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
A number of waste transfer stations in the Australian state of New South Wales have recently been closed down due to the illegal dumping of asbestos.
Students at the Ecole canadienne-francaise high school in Saskatoon, Canada, have reportedly needed to move their classes to the Gustave Dubois high school due to concerns about the potential presence of asbestos.
May 10, 2011 -- Fire poses asbestos threat to UK town
Most fire dangers are obvious but there is one threat that flames pose that is not so clear: asbestos exposure.
A construction firm in the UK has reportedly been fined £20,000 after the possessions of an elderly resident were allegedly contaminated with asbestos during renovation work performed by the company at sheltered housing.
The former director of an Australian demolition company could face a cleanup bill of nearly $2 million after he and a former business partner allegedly dumped a significant amount of asbestos illegally.
May 6, 2011 -- Canadian pumping stations undergoing asbestos testing
The city of Sarnia, Canada, has reportedly hired a company to conduct asbestos testing on its 57 pumping stations as well as five other city-owned properties, the Sarnia Observer reports.
The daughter of a former Chepstow, UK shipyard worker who died last year of malignant mesothelioma is appealing to her mother's former co-workers to assist in the family's asbestos compensation fight.
May 6, 2011 -- Tasmanian fire cleanup held up by asbestos
The discovery of asbestos in a building damaged by fire in the Australian island-state of Tasmania has hampered cleanup efforts.
May 6, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered at UK college
Asbestos was recently found on the campus of a college in the UK.
May 6, 2011 -- Australian pond project coping with asbestos issues
A pond revival project in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) that was once abandoned is now again underway, and the project will include the removal of asbestos waste.
May 5, 2011 -- UK asbestos concerns alleviated at public meeting
Concerns over asbestos exposure during the demolition of the former Gerber Foods factory in Bridgwater, UK, were allayed recently during a public meeting called by the contractors working on the building.
May 5, 2011 -- UK workers receive asbestos-related disease payouts
A number of former blue-collar workers across South Tyneside, UK, recently received portions of a £5 million compensation payout for being exposed to asbestos on the job, reports the Shields Gazette.
A man who spent more than a decade working as a shipwright in the UK died of malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, a coroner's court recently heard.
May 5, 2011 -- Australian flood debris may contain asbestos
The flooding that parts of Australia experienced early in the year is still posing hazards, as asbestos was recently found in some debris.
May 4, 2011 -- Former UK plumber died after being exposed to asbestos
A UK grandfather of five and former plumber died as a result of asbestos exposure as he did not wear any protection from the dangerous mineral fibers, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.
An Australian politician recently criticized a government agency for taking too long to remove asbestos from a hospital.
Children as young as 13 years old may have potentially been exposed to asbestos that was discovered at a County Fire Authority (CFA) training ground in Bangholme, Australia, reports the Herald Sun.
Preston West, Australia residents have expressed their concerns about approximately four cubic meters of asbestos that was allegedly dumped in an alley, reports the Preston Leader.
An inquest heard recently that a UK woman died from mesothelioma after reportedly washing her husband's asbestos-containing work clothes for years.
May 2, 2011 -- UK fires prompt asbestos concerns
There were three recent fires in Edinburgh, UK, and some of the structures destroyed in the blazes are believed to have contained asbestos.
Contractors in Tasmania, Australia, are concerned about asbestos disposal after a major dump stopped accepting large quantities of the carcinogenic mineral.