World Asbestos Report News

Archives: November 2010

November 30, 2010 -- Asbestos violations lead to fines for UK construction firm

A construction firm in the UK has been fined after a number of its workers were exposed to asbestos during renovation work at a pub.

November 30, 2010 -- UK man dies 40 years after asbestos exposure

An inquest heard recently that a UK grandfather and parish councilman died after he was exposed to asbestos more than 40 years ago, the Weston & Somerset Mercury reports.

November 30, 2010 -- UK woman dies after indirect asbestos exposure

A woman from Wigan, UK, has died as a result of asbestos exposure despite the fact that she never came into direct contact with the dangerous material, Wigan Today reports.

November 30, 2010 -- Australian state to increase compensation to asbestos victims

The Australian state of New South Wales is introducing asbestos legislation that would increase compensation by $65,000 to the families of people who died of diseases caused by exposure to the deadly mineral, such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.

November 29, 2010 -- Asbestos pushes residents out of Edmonton high-rise

A recent fire at an Edmonton high-rise has spread fears that asbestos may have been disturbed, forcing hundreds of residents to temporarily move.

November 29, 2010 -- Asbestos activists from Asia to travel to Quebec

A number of anti-asbestos activists from Asia are expected to arrive in the Canadian province of Quebec this December to call the government's attention to the dangers of the deadly mineral, according to the CTV network.

November 24, 2010 -- Asbestos discovered at Australian housing project

Asbestos sheeting has been uncovered at the construction site of a housing development in Australia, causing the area to be roped off and warning signs to be put up, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.

November 24, 2010 -- Son of former UK hospital worker seeks information after asbestos-related death

The son of a former worker at the UK's Shenley Hospital who died after being exposed to asbestos is seeking information from the woman's former colleagues, the Borehamwood & Elstree Times reports.

November 23, 2010 -- Australian teachers union approves strike over asbestos

Coming shortly after the vote was announced, an Australian teachers union has decided to go on strike unless major steps are taken to remove an asbestos hazard from a Queensland high school.

November 23, 2010 -- Australian teachers to vote on strike over asbestos

An Australian teachers union has set a date to vote on whether or not they should strike, following the discovery of asbestos in a staff-only area in a Queensland school.

November 22, 2010 -- Police called over asbestos in Australian sandboxes

Police have been called in to investigate the possibility of whether someone is putting asbestos in the sandboxes of an Australian elementary school.

November 19, 2010 -- Australian resident believes asbestos is exposed along canals

Asbestos reportedly remains exposed along the canals near Settlement City, Australia, five years after local resident Roger Kirby voiced his concerns about the dangerous material, the Port Macquarie News reports.

November 19, 2010 -- Member of Parliament keeps pressure on government for asbestos compensation

Stephen Hepburn, a Member of Parliament (MP) from Jarrow, UK, is keeping the pressure on the government to compensate the victims of asbestos exposure and their families, the Shields Gazette reports.

November 18, 2010 -- Some fear asbestos is being planted in Australian sandboxes

Some Australians are becoming concerned that someone is planting asbestos in an elementary school's sandboxes.

November 18, 2010 -- Expert predicts NSW asbestos death toll will surpass traffic fatalities

A recent independent Australian report speculated that the number of asbestos-related deaths in the country would soon outpace the number of lives taken in traffic accidents.

November 18, 2010 -- Work on Brisbane City Hall stopped for asbestos audit

An asbestos audit has temporarily halted construction work on the Australian city of Brisbane's City Hall.

November 18, 2010 -- Australian opposition party pledges $5.5 million to clean up asbestos

The New South Wales opposition party has promised to spend $5.5 million to fix an asbestos mine in the northern part of the state if elected, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

November 18, 2010 -- Canadian supervisor fined over asbestos violation

A supervisor for a Canadian excavating company has been fined $8,000 for violating asbestos regulations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Belleville Intelligencer reports.

November 17, 2010 -- Tape used to contain asbestos at Australian hospital

Nurses at a hospital in the Australian state of Queensland claim that after asbestos was found in the medical center it was merely covered with masking tape.

November 17, 2010 -- Australian health agency recommends respirators for carpet removal

An Australian waste workers organization recently received recommendations from WorkCover New South Wales (NSW) that those collecting old carpeting should wear respirators to protect them from asbestos exposure.

November 17, 2010 -- Asbestos-containing garage fire in UK leads to evacuation

Residents of Dorset, UK, were forced to evacuate their homes recently after a fire broke out in a nearby garage that contained asbestos, the BBC reports.

November 16, 2010 -- Australian teachers may strike over asbestos

Three unions in Australia are threatening to strike after an asbestos scare in a staff room at a high school.

November 15, 2010 -- Some call for asbestos warning stickers in Australia

The opposition party in the Australian state of Queensland is calling for more stringent asbestos measures after the deadly mineral was found in a school.

November 15,2010 -- UK housing association sends tenants asbestos warning letter

A housing association in the UK is distributing letters to residents warning that asbestos is in their homes, but is reassuring them that it is not something to be concerned about.

November 12, 2010 -- Coroner: UK builder died of mesothelioma

An inquest heard recently that a Brentwood, UK man died of mesothelioma after he had come into contact with asbestos for the majority of his working life, the Brentwood Weekly News reports.

November 11, 2010 -- Scottish retailer fined for asbestos violation

Scottish retail chain John Lewis was fined £20,000 after admitting it failed to properly check for asbestos before undertaking renovations at its Edinburgh location.

November 11, 2010 -- Numbers show sharp rise in Welsh mesothelioma death rate

New figures released by the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the country's federal health agency, show that the rate of asbestos-related diseases in Wales is increasing sharply.

November 10, 2010 -- Australia approves CSR sale, secures protection for asbestos victims

The Australian government has given its approval to the sale of CSR Ltd.'s sugar division to a Singapore firm, but not before securing special provisions to help asbestos victims gain compensation from the company.

November 10, 2010 -- Dumped asbestos found on UK roadside

Illegally dumped asbestos was recently found on an English roadside.

November 10, 2010 -- Australian asbestos groups upset over partial sale of CSR

A number of asbestos groups in Australia are protesting the government's approval of the sale of CSR Ltd.'s sugar assets to a Singapore firm.

November 10, 2010 -- Asbestos removed safely from Australian house

The owner of a Wellington, Australia house that contained asbestos in its roof is seeking to assure fellow residents that the dangerous material has been safely removed, the Wellington Times reports.

November 9, 2010 -- UK numbers show mesothelioma on the rise among women

Figures recently released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the UK's federal health agency, show that the rate of malignant mesothelioma is on the rise among women.

November 9, 2010 -- Asbestos found in staff room at Australian school

Debris found in a staff room at an Australian school tested positive for asbestos, raising concern among the faculty and other workers.

November 8, 2010 -- Study finds many jobs entail asbestos exposure, mesothelioma risk

A recent study revealed which occupations are the most at risk for developing malignant mesothelioma through asbestos exposure.

November 5, 2010 -- Workers clear asbestos from burned out UK pier

Nearly a month after a pier in the UK was destroyed by fire, workers have begun removing asbestos from the site.

November 5, 2010 -- Tasmanian school re-opened after asbestos removal

Young students in Tasmania are able to return to school after officials determined that the facility was safe following asbestos removal work.

November 5, 2010 -- UK woodworker dies from mesothelioma

A woodworker in the UK who was exposed to asbestos while on the job died as a result of an industrial disease, an inquest heard recently.

November 5, 2010 -- Workers disturbed asbestos in UK library

An investigation has discovered that the poor installation of electric cables over a period of 30 years disturbed asbestos in the roof of a UK library, which forced it to close, the Birmingham Post reports.

November 4, 2010 -- UK library and museum reopen after roof repairs

A museum and art gallery in Derby, UK, reopened after asbestos was removed from the roof as part of an £800,000 renovation plan, the BBC reports.

November 4, 2010 -- UK residents angered over renovation delay

UK residents have lashed out at the lack of progress being made at the renovation of a former Turner Brothers site in Spodden Valley, the Manchester Evening News reports.

November 4, 2010 -- Owner of Australian demolition company fined $38,000

Joshua Marshall, the owner of the Australian firm Affordable Demolitions, has been hit with fines and costs totalling nearly $38,000 for removing asbestos without a license and exposing his employees to the dangerous material.

November 3, 2010 -- Critics want Australia asbestos plan to focus more on research

The Australian government recently announced the creation of a board to review the management of asbestos around the country, however some citizens argue that the money used to create the panel should instead go towards finding cures for diseases caused by the deadly mineral, such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.

November 3, 2010 -- Asbestos delays UK pub demolition

The demolition of a pub in Yate, UK, was delayed after asbestos was discovered in the facility, the Gazette reports.

November 2, 2010 -- UK asbestos ruling to be challenged

A ruling that could potentially deny compensation to thousands of victims of asbestos-related cancer will be challenged in the UK Supreme Court, the Morning Star reports.

November 1, 2010 -- UK family grateful after asbestos witnesses come forward

A number of witnesses have come forward after an appeal regarding the asbestos-related death of an elderly man who worked for a company based in Burton, UK, the Burton Mail reports.

November 1, 2010 -- Australian company must honor asbestos compensation obligations

Australia's Acting Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, says company CSR must honor its legal obligations to compensate the victims of asbestos-related illnesses, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

November 1, 2010 -- UK businesses checked for asbestos

UK health and safety officials are conducting spot checks on businesses in the borough of Test Valley, UK, to ensure they are complying with asbestos regulations, the Romsey Advertiser reports.

November 1, 2010 -- Asbestos forces students out of Tasmanian school

Young students in the Australian state of Tasmania were recently moved out of their school because of the presence of asbestos.

November 1, 2010 -- Workers approve Quebec asbestos mine deal

An international consortium of investors and construction material manufacturers recently made a bid to save the struggling Jeffrey asbestos mine in Quebec, however the transaction couldn't be completed until workers approved the deal.