World Asbestos Report News

Archives: September 2011

September 30, 2011 -- Korean baseball season to move forward despite asbestos

Despite the recent revelation that a number of the professional baseball stadiums in South Korea contain asbestos in their dirt, the season will continue.

September 29, 2011 -- UK widow awarded asbestos compensation after husband's 2007 mesothelioma death

A woman from East Ayrshire, UK, whose husband reportedly died from malignant mesothelioma in March 2007 has received £258,520 in asbestos compensation, reports the BBC.

September 29, 2011 -- Former UK nuclear physicist succumbs to malignant mesothelioma

A former nuclear physicist who was reportedly exposed to asbestos on the job recently died of malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the tissues surrounding many of the body's internal organs.

September 29, 2011 -- UK family wins asbestos compensation for man's mesothelioma death

The family of UK man who was heavily exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and subsequently died of malignant mesothelioma recently was awarded asbestos compensation.

September 28, 2011 -- UK family receives asbestos compensation 60 years after initial exposure

More than 60 years after a man from Cheltenham, UK, was exposed to asbestos, his family has finally received compensation from his former employer, the BBC reports.

September 27, 2011 -- UK family forced from home following asbestos discovery

A young UK couple has reportedly been told to leave their home after asbestos concerns arose during routine repair work, according to the Shields Gazette.

September 27, 2011 -- Canadian MP unconvinced by asbestos businessman's argument

A Canadian politician who met with an asbestos businessman trying to convince him of the trade's safety said he was unswayed by the man's arguments.

September 27, 2011 -- UK college building demolition held up by asbestos

Asbestos has caused significant delays during the demolition of the last remaining structure of a former college in the UK.

September 26, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered in South Korean baseball park soil

Health concerns are mounting in South Korea after asbestos was reportedly discovered in soil at a local baseball park, meaning both fans and players could have been exposed to the carcinogenic substance.

September 26, 2011 -- Canadian asbestos dealer looks to justify trade

A Canadian businessman who deals in asbestos is looking to start a campaign defending the use of the naturally occurring carcinogen.

September 26, 2011 -- Australian museum fire poses asbestos threat

Residents in North Ipswich, Australia, are being urged to stay in their home following a fire at an asbestos-containing structure, according to the Brisbane Times.

September 23, 2011 -- Canadian asbestos walk participation growing

An asbestos walk in Sarnia, Ontario, that is scheduled for October 1 is growing in participation, as a Halifax woman who recently lost her father to malignant mesothelioma has reportedly booked her plane ticket to join the event.

September 23, 2011 -- UK wife dies of second-hand asbestos exposure

While asbestos often affects blue-collar workers because of the prevalence of the naturally occurring substance in the sector, it also can harm their family members.

September 22, 2011 -- Relatives of former UK aircraft worker file mesothelioma lawsuit

Claiming their relative - a former aircraft worker - died as a result of asbestos exposure endured on the job, a UK family has filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against the man's former employer.

September 21, 2011 -- Canadian politician-doctor silent on asbestos

Some Canadian residents are upset that Conservative MP and orthopedic surgeon Kellie Leitch has remained silent on the issues of asbestos, even as it is a well-established fact that exposure to the substance can be deadly.

September 20, 2011 -- Two UK co-workers die of asbestos-caused malignant mesothelioma

Two UK men who worked at a carriageworks both died of malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, according to a coroner's inquest.

September 19, 2011 -- Russian Justice Ministry backs legislation warning of asbestos dangers

Russia, which is the world's biggest producer of asbestos at approximately 1 million tons per year, may soon begin to consider regulating the industry after the Justice Ministry recently promoted a new law recognizing the occupational health risks related to the carcinogen.

September 19, 2011 -- Australian couple forced to move following asbestos discovery in rented home

A Canberra, Australia couple has reportedly fled their home and could be in danger of developing asbestos-related diseases after tests confirmed that the carcinogenic substance was found in dust covering portions of their rented home.

September 19, 2011 -- UK welder dies of malignant mesothelioma

A coroner's court in the UK recently heard that a former welder died of malignant mesothelioma, caused by asbestos exposure, according to the Mansfield Chad.

September 16, 2011 -- Concerns raised after asbestos discovery in Australian mulch

The sale of reprocessed garden mulch in southeast New South Wales has reportedly been halted after a local resident discovered possible asbestos contamination.

Septmber 16, 2011 -- Elderly UK man awarded asbestos compensation

An 84-year-old Crewe, UK man who was reportedly exposed to asbestos while working as an apprentice as a teenager, recently received compensation from the company responsible.

September 16, 2011 -- Asbestos cleanup begins at New Zealand house fire site

Contractors in New Zealand recently began cleaning up asbestos from a house that caught fire.

September 15, 2011 -- Asbestos concerns arise after New Zealand house fire

The century-old Allenby Terrace house in Wellington, New Zealand, recently went down in flames, prompting concerns from local citizens about the potential for asbestos being released into the air, reports The Dominion Post.

September 14, 2011 -- UK man reportedly dies five decades after asbestos exposure

Since the mid-1960s, it has been known that exposure to asbestos can cause a range of serious illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer. Typically, the symptoms of these diseases do not appear until decades after initial exposure.

September 13, 2011 -- Closed Australian plant posed 'negligible' asbestos risk to workers

Authorities who shut down an Australian plasterboard distributor because of asbestos concerns now say that the risk to workers at the facility is negligible.

September 13, 2011 -- Asbestos-containing pipe crushed during Australian road construction

While asbestos removal typically takes place in old buildings, such work still needs to be performed in a number of places due to the deadly nature of the substance.

September 13, 2011 -- Asbestos-contaminated police records destroyed in Northern Ireland

A large quantity of police records in Northern Ireland were recently destroyed because they were contaminated with asbestos.

September 12, 2011 -- Ten years ago, one Canadian city spoke out against asbestos industry

A decade ago a city council in Ontario became the first in Canada to pass a resolution to stop the country's export of asbestos.

September 12, 2011 -- Workers sent home following asbestos find at Australian construction site

Coming shortly after it was revealed that a large amount of Australian construction workers may have been exposed to asbestos, everyone at the site was sent home.

September, 12, 2011 -- UK citizens concerned about potential asbestos dumping plan

Council members in the UK regions of Bath and North East Somerset are reportedly planning to approve a plan to dump up to 645,000 tons of asbestos at a quarry near Chew Valley Lake.

September 12, 2011 -- UK widow awarded damages after husband's mesothelioma death

The widow of a UK man who reportedly died of malignant mesothelioma related to his exposure to asbestos recently won £160,000 in damages from her husband's former employer.

September 12, 2011 -- Australian factory closed for asbestos removal

A plant in a suburb of Australia's capital was recently shut down so asbestos can be removed from the site.

September 9, 2011 -- UK plumber wrote of asbestos exposure prior to death

A plumber from Carlisle, UK, reportedly wrote about how he was exposed to deadly asbestos on the job during the early part of his career, which reportedly led to his death from malignant mesothelioma.

September 8, 2011 -- UK campaigners seek training for asbestos handling in schools

A group of asbestos victim supporters in Bradford, UK, is seeking more awareness training about the handling of the carcinogenic material in schools, reports the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

September 8, 2011 -- Asbestos discovered in basement of UK social center

Asbestos has been found at a social center in Marylebone, UK, but the facility has reportedly been deemed safe for visitors, according to the Westminster Chronicle.

September 7, 2011 -- Australian workers may have been exposed to asbestos at construction site

An Australian union says that as many as 200 workers may have been exposed to asbestos at a construction site in New South Wales.

September 7, 2011 -- UK widow speaks out about asbestos presence in schools

The widow of a UK mesothelioma victim is speaking out to make sure that others don't endure the same fate as her husband.

September 6, 2011 -- UK city council hit with fine over asbestos risk at school

The UK's Birmingham City Council was recently fined more than £6,000 for its alleged role in exposing three workers to asbestos while they renovated classrooms at the William Cowper Community Primary School in Newtown.

September 6, 2011 -- UK man claims wife, father-in-law died after factory asbestos exposure

A UK man whose wife died last November has filed an asbestos lawsuit against a company he claims was responsible for exposing the woman's father to asbestos, subsequently leading to her indirect exposure.

September 1, 2011 -- Asbestos dumped in front of elderly UK woman's home

Dangerous asbestos-containing materials have reportedly been illegally dumped outside of the home of an 80-year-old UK woman who claims it is not the first time such an incident has occurred.