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Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos-like mineral fibers

20 Oct 2015 by Wendi Lewis under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

Phillip Cook image courtesy Minnesota Post 100x100 Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos like mineral fibersAlthough he died of cancer in 2013 before he could complete his life’s work, researcher Phillip Cook will have an impact on the evaluation of asbestos-like mineral fibers and how they affect the body. Shortly after the scientist, who worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for much of his career, passed away, his colleague decided the research must be completed. The results create a way to evaluate which fibrous minerals are more or less toxic. (more…)


Family claims companies failed to warn worker about deadly asbestos

30 Sep 2015 by Wendi Lewis under Legal, News

asbestos warning 100x100 Family claims companies failed to warn worker about deadly asbestos The family of a maintenance worker who died of mesothelioma years after being exposed to asbestos on the job urged a South Carolina jury Tuesday to find Celanese Corp. and John Crane Inc. liable for his death because they failed to provide a safe working environment and never warned him about the risks of asbestos exposure. (more…)


Lung disease in construction workers linked to asbestos, other exposures, study finds

16 Sep 2015 by Wendi Lewis under News, Research/Treatment

construction worker 100x100 Lung disease in construction workers linked to asbestos, other exposures, study findsA recent study conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training and Duke University found that found that one-fifth of chronic lung disease in construction workers is linked to asbestos, silica, dust, and other on-the-job exposures. (more…)


Niagara County under fire for reportedly assigning welfare workers to remove asbestos from building

17 Jun 2015 by Wendi Lewis under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Niagara County under fire for reportedly assigning welfare workers to remove asbestos from buildingNiagara County, N.Y., officials are under fire this week for reportedly allowing welfare workers to remove asbestos debris from a government building without protective equipment. The welfare workers are required to work in order to receive their benefits. President of the county’s blue-collar union, William C. Rutland, who represents the workers, said the county was taking advantage of them. They simply reported and did as they were instructed without being advised of the potential danger, he alleges. (more…)


Asbestos inspection complete, demolition scheduled at Louisiana apartment complex

19 May 2015 by Wendi Lewis under News

Slidell Louisiana condemned apartments WVUE image 100x100 Asbestos inspection complete, demolition scheduled at Louisiana apartment complexDemolition of a condemned apartment complex in Slidell, La., received the green light to go ahead this week following the completion of an inspection to determine how much asbestos is present in the buildings. A licensed asbestos abatement company, Haltran Environmental Services, inspected the buildings and will work with contractor Holliday Construction LLC to safely demolish the structures. (more…)


So-called asbestos transparency legislation turns justice inside out

10 Feb 2015 by Wendi Lewis under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 So called asbestos transparency legislation turns justice inside outThe Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act (FACT Act) may possibly be the most astoundingly backward “call to justice” ever proposed. Supporters of the proposed legislation are looking to protect the corporate wrongdoers who exposed thousands of innocent workers and their families to asbestos disease, while calling for victims to be excoriated as greedy grubbers out for a dime. (more…)


Appeals court rules five-day asbestos exposure could have caused asbestosis

30 Dec 2014 by Wendi Lewis under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Appeals court rules five day asbestos exposure could have caused asbestosisLouisiana’s Fourth District Court of Appeals determined there was sufficient evidence to support Plaintiff Edward Alberes’ allegation that he contracted asbestosis as a result of occupational exposure to asbestos. The ruling was announced Dec. 10 by Judge Terri F. Love, with Judges Edwin A. Lombard and Roland L. Belsome concurring. (more…)


Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12

11 Sep 2014 by Wendi Lewis under Events, Legal, News

twin towers collapse Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12An important deadline is approaching for people diagnosed with cancer related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon, or in on September 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks and plane crashes at those sites. In order to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, individual must register with the fund by October 12, 2014. (more…)


Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign warns asbestos dangers lurk in the sweet summertime

7 Aug 2014 by Wendi Lewis under News, Organizations

ACVRC Summers Silent Threat image 100x100 Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign warns asbestos dangers lurk in the sweet summertimeFor most people, summertime is a time to relax and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. Summer also offers an opportunity to tackle projects around the house, explore the great outdoors, search out a bargain or create a lovely landscape. However, the folks at the Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign (ACVRC) warn many of these activities may hide a hidden danger – asbestos. (more…)


Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition site

24 Jul 2014 by Wendi Lewis under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition siteOfficials from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are keeping a close watch on demolition and cleanup efforts at a school destroyed by fire in June. The nearly 95-year-old building, Roosevelt Education Center, is believed to contain a large amount of friable asbestos. (more…)