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School Districts consider asbestos abatement to protect students

17 Mar 2015 by Wesley Smithart under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 School Districts consider asbestos abatement to protect studentsAs schools prepare to close for the summer, several school boards are scheduling renovations over the break, including asbestos abatement. Though getting rid of asbestos can be costly and time-consuming, many schools are finding it necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of their students and employees. (more…)


Canadian workers call for national public building registry for asbestos

12 Mar 2015 by Wesley Smithart under Legal, News

canada flag Canadian workers call for national public building registry for asbestosA growing number of tradespeople in Canada are calling for a national public building registry to let workers know what hazards may exist in their government buildings such as asbestos exposure. Hugh Graham, a former House of Comments electronic technician, worked for 18 years on Parliament Hill and has recently been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. (more…)


Japan Supreme Court holds Kubota Corporation liable for asbestos exposure

24 Feb 2015 by Wesley Smithart under Legal, News

Kubota logo 100x100 Japan Supreme Court holds Kubota Corporation liable for asbestos exposure Japan’s Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that declares the Kubota Corporation, a manufacturer of farm equipment, liable for the asbestos-related fatal illness of a man who lived near the plant located in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. In 2005, Kubota began compensating workers who had contracted illnesses due to asbestos exposure, but this decision is this first time the Japanese Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision recognizing corporate responsibility for asbestos-related illness in someone living near a factory. (more…)


Libby, Montana asbestos case to be reviewed by Workman’s Compensation Court

28 Jan 2015 by Wesley Smithart under Legal, News

forest libby 100x100 Libby, Montana asbestos case to be reviewed by Workman’s Compensation CourtIn 2009, Edwin Moreau died of asbestos-related lung cancer after working at W.R. Grace Mine in Libby, Mont., for almost 30 years. Since he became ill, his wife, Cristita Moreau, has been battling to secure her husband’s benefits to cover his medical expenses. Initially, her claim for occupational disease benefits was refused by Transportation Insurance, W.R. Grace’s company covering claims from sick workers. In 2010, Moreau filed a petition with the Workman’s Compensation Court, which resulted in a settlement in 2013. (more…)


Irish Family Develops Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure

8 Dec 2014 by Wesley Smithart under News

actinolite asbestos 100x100 Irish Family Develops Mesothelioma From Asbestos ExposureIn Dublin, Ireland, three siblings died recently due to asbestos exposure-caused mesothelioma, though the two brothers and their sister were exposed to the deadly substance separately. One of the brothers worked cutting asbestos sheets in the mid-1960s for three or four years, while his brother was exposed working as a pipe fitter in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s. Their sister came into contact with asbestos washing her husband’s clothes while he worked as a builder in Australia. Each sibling was diagnosed about 40 years after their respective exposure. (more…)


School District in Pennsylvania accused of burying asbestos near elementary school

26 Sep 2014 by Wesley Smithart under News

asbestos warning 100x100 School District in Pennsylvania accused of burying asbestos near elementary schoolThe Board of the East Penn School District in Lehigh County, Penn., is disputing charges that the district violated environmental laws by burying construction waste containing a cancer-causing carcinogen, asbestos. In the summer of 2013, several dump-truck loads of construction debris were discarded in an area of woods just west of Wescosville Elementary School in Lower Macungie Township. School officials are claiming that they do not know who dumped the debris near their property, but after the pile was discovered, they authorized the burial of the debris in a clay-lined pit on the same site. (more…)


National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26

22 Sep 2014 by Wesley Smithart under Events, News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

MARF logo square National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26On Friday, Sept. 26, National Mesothelioma Awareness Day will shed light around the nation on a dangerous form of cancer. Established in 2004, this awareness day, established and promoted by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), has been the driving force behind the movement to bring attention and funding to mesothelioma research. In the past ten years, National Mesothelioma Awareness Day has raised nearly $1 million, received numerous local, state, and national government proclamations, and been the focus of dozens of media stories. Volunteers around the country unite to spread their message about mesothelioma through events and activities on this day every year. (more…)