World Asbestos Report News
Archives: October 2011
October 31, 2011 -- Widow claims deceased UK policeman exposed to asbestos on the job
The widow of a deceased policeman in the UK claims that the man contracted his malignant mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure he endured while on the job.
October 28, 2011 -- UK construction workers exposed to asbestos during renovation
A building contractor in the UK was recently fined for allowing workers to come in contact with asbestos.
October 27, 2011 -- Asbestos compensation plan begins in Tasmania
An asbestos compensation scheme in the Australian state of Tasmania recently began in full.
October 26, 2011 -- New Zealand fishing ban stems from asbestos concerns
Fishing has reportedly been banned from the major export wharf in Luganville, New Zealand, after fears arose from potential asbestos contamination, reports Radio New Zealand International.
October 26, 2011 -- Asbestos find delays work on NSW police station
An asbestos discovery at a police station in the Australian state of New South Wales has caused work on the structure to be delayed.
October 25, 2011 -- Red tape held up asbestos cleanup following Australia home explosion
The asbestos cleanup following a house explosion in South Australia has been muddled by the fact that the area is a crime scene.
October 24, 2011 -- Dangerous asbestos illegally dumped at Australian supermarket parking lot
A pile of asbestos-containing waste was recently dumped in the parking lot of a supermarket in Canley Heights, Australia, an incident that is becoming all-too-common in the area, according to the manager of the store.
October 24, 2011 -- Australia house explosion causes asbestos concerns
A house explosion in the Australian state of South Australia has caused some residents to raise concern over potential asbestos contamination.
October 21, 2011 -- Australian government looks into asbestos concerns with TV installations
The federal government of Australia recently announced that it would begin an investigation about potential breaches in asbestos protocol during satellite television installations in the state of Queensland.
October 20, 2011 -- UK prep school ordered to improve asbestos handling procedures
An independent all-boys school in Moor Park, England, was recently ordered to upgrade its procedures for handling dangerous asbestos-containing materials, reports the Watford Observer.
October 20, 2011 -- Vancouver contractor could be jailed for asbestos violations
A demolition contractor in the metropolitan Vancouver area could reportedly wind up in jail after he allegedly exposed unprotected workers to asbestos on the job, according to BC Local News.
October 20, 2011 -- Scottish region experiences illegal asbestos dumping
A rash of illegal asbestos dumping recently hit a region in Scotland.
October 19, 2011 -- Australian couple fears asbestos exposure from abandoned home
A couple from Maroochydore, Australia, is reportedly concerned that they have been exposed to asbestos from a nearby cottage that was gutted by fire in late June, reports the Sunshine Coast Daily.
October 19, 2011 -- Canadian ruling blames asbestos missteps on safety coordinator
A recent Canadian court decision ruled that an occupational health and safety coordinator failed to properly manage asbestos on a number of properties.
October 18, 2011 -- Widow of former UK painter seeks damages from man's employers
A legal battle has been launched for asbestos compensation from the former employers of a UK man who died due to malignant mesothelioma after allegedly being exposed to the carcinogenic substance throughout his working career.
October 18, 2011 -- WHO corrects asbestos entrepreneur's false asbestos assertion
The World Health Organization recently rebuked an entrepreneur who campaigned throughout Canada about the safety of asbestos.
October 18, 2011 -- New Zealand officials express concern over asbestos-tainted earthquake waste
Officials in New Zealand are concerned that the dumping of asbestos-containing earthquake rubble has become a widespread problem.
October 17, 2011 -- UK man fighting mesothelioma raises awareness about asbestos
A Huntingdonshire, UK man currently suffering from the rare cancer malignant mesothelioma is working to raise awareness about the dangerous consequences of asbestos exposure.
October 17, 2011 -- Dangerous asbestos-containing materials reportedly dumped in UK town
A health and safety campaigner in the UK recently lashed out at the Carlisle City Council for allegedly mishandling an asbestos issue after the carcinogenic material was reportedly dumped near a main road.
October 17, 2011 -- Report: No money was budgeted to fix Australian police asbestos problems
An internal report for the New South Wales' police force revealed that more than 200 police properties had asbestos issues but that no money was budgeted to address the problem.
October 14, 2011 -- Majority of independent UK schools follow asbestos management practices
The UK's Health and Safety Executive recently found the a large majority of schools outside the purview of local governments are complying with asbestos practices.
October 14, 2011 -- Son of UK asbestos victim warns others of potential health consequences
The son of a former teacher who died last October as a result of malignant mesothelioma is warning his previous colleagues and students about their own potential health risks.
Octboer 14, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered at site of abandoned UK factory fire
Fire and hazardous materials officials have reportedly been called to the scene of a fire at an abandoned factory in Plymouth, England, the BBC reports.
October 14, 2011 -- Dutch scientists recommend lowering acceptable limit of asbestos exposure
As in the U.S., use of asbestos in the Netherlands has been tightly restricted for several decades. Still, incidental and occupational exposure to the mineral is fairly common, and a recent report by a pair of Dutch scientists suggests that the currently used measures of asbestos exposure are not sensitive enough to yield proper risk reports.
October 13, 2011 -- UK man awarded asbestos compensation following father's death from mesothelioma
A UK man who recently won asbestos compensation for his father's asbestos-related malignant mesothelioma death says he would trade the money to spend a few more years with him.
October 13, 2011 -- Fire breaks out at UK industrial shed with asbestos-containing roof
Four fire engines were recently dispatched to a fire at an industrial shed in the UK that featured an asbestos-containing roof, reports the Visitor.
October 13, 2011 -- UK Supreme Court dismisses insurers' asbestos compensation case
The UK Supreme Court recently shot down a legal challenge from insurance companies seeking to limit their liability for asbestos compensation.
October 13, 2011 -- High levels of asbestos found in Korean playgrounds
Education officials in Korea recently announced that elevated levels of asbestos were found on playgrounds at eight schools.
October 12, 2011 -- Canadian worker found guilty of not properly protecting tenants from asbestos
The former health and safety coordinator of the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority in Canada was recently found guilty of not properly reporting a potential asbestos issue that may have posed a risk to tenants.
October 12, 2011 -- Australian police stations to undergo asbestos abatement work
Contractors are being brought in to deal with the asbestos issues that are currently plaguing a large number of police stations in the Australian state of New South Wales.
October 12, 2011 -- Australian Capital Territory plagued by asbestos-tainted soil
Talks about what is to be done with the large amount of asbestos-containing soil in the Australian Capital Territory have been delayed.
A former council and prison service worker in the UK is reportedly seeking asbestos compensation after he was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma.
October 11, 2011 -- Chinese study links chrysotile asbestos to dramatic risk of lung disease
Asbestos has been tightly regulated in the U.S. in order to prevent people from being exposed to the dangerous substance, whether occupationally or incidentally. However, in some countries the mineral is still widely used, often resulting in serious illnesses among industrial workers.
October 11, 2011 -- Welsh workers to receive free asbestos training
Workers in Wales will have access to asbestos training free of charge under a program run by the Health and Safety Executive, the UK's workplace safety organization.
October 11, 2011 -- Asbestos compensation awarded to UK mesothelioma victim's family
The family of a British mesothelioma victim was recently awarded £48,000 in asbestos compensation, according to BBC News.
October 10, 2011 -- Jamaican Parliament remains closed after asbestos discovery
Repair work being conducted at the site of Jamaica's Parliament has been delayed after asbestos was reportedly discovered in the facility's roof, the Jamaica Observer reports.
While asbestos-related illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis often afflict blue collar workers who have been directly exposed to the carcinogen, family members who indirectly contacted the material can also suffer the consequences.
October 10, 2011 -- UK contractor fined for exposing workers to asbestos during demolition
A contractor in the UK was recently fined for allowing workers to be exposed to asbestos during construction work in South East London.
October 7, 2011 -- Asbestos sheeting find closes Australian park
A park in the Australian state of New South Wales was temporarily closed due to an asbestos find.
October 6, 2011 -- Australian tug boat workers potentially exposed to asbestos
A number of workers on a tug boat in Australia are upset after they were allegedly exposed to asbestos.
October 6, 2011 -- Australian construction project halted following asbestos find
A construction project in the Australian Capital Territory was recently halted following the discovery of a large quantity of illegally dumped asbestos.
October 5, 2011 -- UK council investigated after asbestos find at library
Following the discovery of asbestos at the UK's Fulham Library, health and safety officials are reportedly investigating whether or not a local council employed unlicensed workers to remove the material.
October 4, 2011 -- Canadian government again pushes back asbestos mine loan decision
The Canadian government has again pushed back a decision on whether or not to guarantee a loan that would reopen an asbestos mine.
October 4, 2011 -- Significant amount of asbestos dumping costing Australian town
A recent string of incidents involving tons of asbestos-containing materials being dumped in the Australian city of Moreland is reportedly costing the city council thousands of dollars while raising health concerns.
October 4, 2011 -- UK church re-opened following asbestos scare, break-in
A church in Peppard, UK, re-opened recently after a break-in that led to concerns that asbestos may have been released into the facility, according to the Henley Standard.
October 3, 2011 -- Canada criticized over attempts to block Malaysian asbestos ban
Continuing its tradition of exporting dangerous asbestos to developing countries while regulating its use at home, Canada was recently implicated by doctors and health professionals for allegedly blocking an attempt to ban the carcinogenic material in Malaysia.
October 3, 2011 -- Asbestos to be removed from Australian park
An Australian developer intending to construct an asbestos-containing encapsulation cell at a local park has reportedly been forced to truck away the dangerous material, according to the Macarthur Chronicle.