World Asbestos Report News

Archives: October 2010

October 30, 2010 -- Australia starts national asbestos programs to raise awareness, study illnesses

The Australian government recently announced that it has developed a plan for the removal and management of asbestos around the nation.

October 30, 2010 -- Asbestos waste illegally dumped near UK cemetery

A large quantity of asbestos was recently dumped illegally near a cemetery in the UK.

October 30, 2010 -- Asbestos further delays UK pool opening

The opening of a public pool in England has been delayed by two months because asbestos was found on the premises.

October 30, 2010 -- Asbestos compensation plan to affect Tasmania

The recently revealed asbestos compensation plan in Australia will likely have an impact on many workers in Tasmania.

October 30, 2010 -- Asbestos found at Australian school work site

Thirty pieces of asbestos, including some the size of one's hand, were recently found at a work site at an Australian school, forcing authorities to intervene.

October 30, 2010 -- Library renovations delayed by asbestos

Asbestos was recently found during the renovation of a library in Australia, closing the facility for another four weeks.

October 29, 2010 -- Lawyers accuse mining company of delaying asbestos-related mesothelioma settlement

Lawyers for an Australian woman dying from asbestos-related mesothelioma have accused her former employer, mining conglomerate CSR Ltd., of postponing payment of the settlement of a lawsuit.

October 29, 2010 -- Korean asbestos victim seeking compensation from Japan

Yoko Okada, a second generation Korean living in Japan, typically known as Zainichi, was diagnosed with asbestosis in 2007 and has since been involved in a legal battle with the Japanese government over compensation, the Korea Times reports.

October 29, 2010 -- Australian property developer accused of using asbestos-containing soil as landfill

A Sydney, Australia property manager has been accused of using truckloads of soil containing asbestos as landfill at a housing development in the western part of the city, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

October 28, 2010 -- UK family seeking justice after asbestos-related death

The widow of a UK pensioner who died from an asbestos-related disease has made an appeal for information from former co-workers to help the family fight for justice, the Burton Mail reports.

October 28, 2010 -- Australian insulation program may have exposed workers to asbestos

An Australian government program that saw the installation of insulation in many homes throughout the country may have resulted in asbestos exposure for some workers.

October 28, 2010 -- Asbestos leads to mesothelioma, death 40 years after exposure

An Irish man recently died from malignant mesothelioma that a coroner attributed to asbestos exposure that had occurred decades before.

October 27, 2010 -- Australian kindergarten re-opens after asbestos alert

Grant Avenue Kindergarten in Gisborne, Australia, has re-opened three weeks after it was shut down following concerns over asbestos sheeting, the Macedon Ranges Weekly reports.

October 27, 2010 -- Asbestos warning issued by UK council

The North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) in the UK has issued a safety warning to its tenants over asbestos that could potentially be present in their homes, the BBC reports.

October 27, 2010 -- Canadian asbestos mine finally finds investors

The use of asbestos has been banned in more than 50 countries around the world but a number of nations are still involved in the industry despite the fact that exposure to the deadly mineral causes a range of serious illnesses like malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.

October 26, 2010 -- Coroner rules UK woman's death caused by asbestos exposure

A UK coroner's inquest recently ruled that a female clerk's mesothelioma death was caused by asbestos exposure.

October 25, 2010 -- Asbestos found in 70 percent of UK town's schools

Asbestos is commonly found in many older buildings but one town in England discovered that the deadly mineral was present in about 70 percent of its schools.

October 22, 2010 -- Sick UK worker pleads to former colleagues in fight for compensation

A retired telecoms engineer from Bath, UK, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma is searching for former colleagues who could assist him in a compensation case, the Bath Chronicle reports.

October 21, 2010 -- Investigation into asbestos dumping at Australian reserve continues

The discovery of buried asbestos sheeting in a floral reserve has prompted an investigation in the Australian state of Victoria.

October 21, 2010 -- UK gardens tainted with asbestos from old mill

A site of a former textile mill in England is contaminated with asbestos, tainting the gardens of some local residents.

October 21, 2010 -- Coroner: Asbestos exposure caused two UK men's deaths

Inquests into the deaths of two elderly men from the UK revealed that both were exposed to asbestos throughout their lifetimes, which ultimately cost them their lives, reports the Hartlepool Mail.

October 21, 2010 -- UK man sues government over asbestos-related disease

A 90-year-old former pit worker in the UK is suing the government after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the membrane surrounding most of the body's internal organs, Wigan Today reports.

October 21, 2010 -- Canadian university looks to battle asbestos

Ryerson University in Canada is searching for a company to evaluate how much asbestos is currently on campus, according to a recent request filed by the university.

October 20, 2010 -- UK woman was exposed to asbestos at work

A coroner ruled recently that a UK woman who was exposed to asbestos at work for eight years died of an industrial disease, the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer reports.

October 20, 2010 -- Canadian resort hotel contains asbestos

Work on the building formerly known as the Qualicum Beach Resort Hotel has steadily progressed, but the process may still need an extension, the Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports.

October 20, 2010 -- Scotland retailer fined after asbestos discovery

John Lewis PLC, a retailer with three branches in Scotland, is facing a significant fine after admitting it failed to properly check for asbestos while completing renovations at a store in Edinburgh, according to Scottish Television.

October 20, 2010 -- New Brunswick, Canada orders structural review of schools

The education minister of New Brunswick, Canada, Jody Carr, has recently ordered a structural review of the province's schools as the result of safety concerns, the Canadian Press reports.

October 19, 2010 -- Asbestos discovery delays UK project for homeless

A £3.5 million project to turn an old firehouse in the UK into an arts center for homeless youths has been delayed because of the discovery of asbestos.

October 19, 2010 -- Another Australian school closed for asbestos work

In what seems to have become a running theme for the Australian region of Illawarra, a school has been shut down due to the presence of asbestos.

October 19, 2010 -- Asbestos hampers plans to reopen Australian bowling alley

The planned reopening of a bowling club in Australia has been stalled by the discovery of asbestos.

October 18, 2010 -- UK widow awarded asbestos payout

A UK widow who lost her husband to mesothelioma, a rare cancer, has won a battle for asbestos compensation, the Shields Gazette reports.

October 16, 2010 -- Canadian society of asbestos victims to meet

A local Canadian Society for Asbestos Victims (CanSAV) group is searching for more people who suffer from the effects of the deadly mineral and will be holding an information meeting in Parksville, British Columbia, the Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports.

October 16, 2010 -- UK grandmother angry over delays in clearing away asbestos

A UK grandmother has lashed out at a council over delays in clearing away asbestos materials that had been found dumped in a garage, reports.

October 16, 2010 -- Asbestos dumping causes concern in Australian town

Builders and renovators have been carelessly dumping deadly asbestos into bins and open spaces in Geelong, Australia, the Geelong Advertiser reports.

October 16, 2010 -- Group from India bids on asbestos mine in Quebec

A consortium from India has made an offer to purchase one of Canada's last asbestos mines and extend its life, the Canadian Press reports.

October 15, 2010 -- Students evacuated after asbestos scare in Australian school

Several classrooms at an Albion North primary school in Australia have been evacuated due to concerns that asbestos-containing materials have entered the classroom, the Herald Sun reports.

October 14, 2010 -- UK men fined for illegally dumping asbestos

Three UK men have been fined for allegedly dumping asbestos-containing waste illegally.

October 14, 2010 -- UK court ruling could hurt asbestos compensation claim

A ruling in a UK Court of Appeals has some concerned that asbestos victims may have more difficulty gaining access to compensation.

October 14, 2010 -- UK coroner: Housewife's mesothelioma death caused from washing work clothes

A coroner's inquest in the UK recently determined that a housewife who died from mesothelioma contracted the rare cancer from washing her husband's asbestos-caked work clothes.

October 14, 2010 -- UK asbestos victims to receive some, but not all compensation

Victims of an asbestos factory in Leeds, UK, that is believed to be responsible for hundreds of cancer deaths will be given more compensation, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

October 14, 2010 -- Asbestos researcher wants register for asbestos landfill sites

A leading asbestos researcher wants to establish a register of New South Wales, Australia, landfill sites that contain asbestos, in an effort to counter a third wave of the disease-causing material, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

October 14, 2010 -- UK veteran dies from asbestosis

A World War II veteran from the UK who went on to work at Portishead power stations died from asbestosis, an inquest was told recently.

October 13, 2010 -- Cleanup Plans for Canadian uranium mine changed due to asbestos fears

The proposed burning of buildings at an old uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, has those who live in the area concerned about the potential release of asbestos.

October 13, 2010 -- Australian kindergarten closed because of asbestos concerns

A kindergarten in Australia was recently closed down because it is feared that asbestos sheeting was disturbed during the installation of an air conditioning system.

October 13, 2010 -- 'Confusion' caused by asbestos ruling

The victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families are facing more "confusion and uncertainty" after a recent Court of Appeal ruling in the UK, the Press Association reports.

October 12, 2010 -- Australian teachers union raises asbestos concerns

An Australian teachers union recently said that the public should be better informed about the risks posed by asbestos in schools.

October 12, 2010 -- UK support group launched for asbestos sufferers

A support group to help workers suffering from asbestos-related diseases has been launched in Tyneside, UK, and will be opening soon, reports.

October 12, 2010 -- Asbestos causes temporary closure of another Australian classroom

A school in north Queensland, Australia, was forced to temporarily close its third classroom this year after the discovery of more asbestos, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

October 11, 2010 -- New campaign works to educate people about asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is launching a new campaign to educate people about the dangers of asbestos.

October 11, 2010 -- Beach erosion in Australia exposes asbestos materials

As a result of waves pounding the already-eroded Kingscliff Beach in Australia, asbestos materials have become exposed under a crumbling service road nearby, Tweed Daily News reports.

October 11, 2010 -- Asbestos found in trash left by travelers in UK

Asbestos has been found in the trash left by travelers at a UK national forest and will cost a significant amount of money to clean up, the Burton Mail reports.

October 8, 2010 -- Australian parents not told of asbestos violations at schools

It was recently revealed that there were 14 breaches of asbestos regulations in schools in the Australian state of New South Wales over the past few years, and that the parents were not informed about the violations.

October 8, 2010 --UK company claims 'no dangerous asbestos' in brewery

A British company that is attempting to sell a brewery in Kimberley said that the facility does not have any "dangerous asbestos."

October 8, 2010 -- Asbestos discovered at New Zealand fire site

A fire at a child care center in New Zealand has been contained, but asbestos has been discovered in the debris, TVNZ reports.

October 7, 2010 -- UK Parish to undergo asbestos removal

A UK parish council has decided to hire a company to demolish a shed lined with asbestos on the parish's property, reports.

October 6, 2010 -- UK man who was exposed to asbestos died of lung cancer

A UK man who was exposed to asbestos at work developed lung cancer and died as a result, a coroner's inquest was told recently.

October 6, 2010 -- UK father upset school still has asbestos concerns

The father of an English boy who attends a school that has asbestos issues said he is upset that the problems have not yet been resolved.

October 4, 2010 -- Asbestos contamination keeps Australian school closed

A public school in Australia will need to remain closed until at least next year due to asbestos contamination.

October 1, 2010 -- Trees removed after asbestos was found in soil

Four camphor laurel trees at the Tewantin State School in Australia were recently removed after asbestos was found in the soil by the roots.

October 1, 2010 -- Arena in Canada delayed due to necessary asbestos clean up

The Astorville arena in East Ferris, Canada, is facing up to a three-week delay after aging pipes containing asbestos were found.