Posts Tagged ‘California’

Arizona Supreme Court will review take-home asbestos exposure case

22 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

OznEpzk5 100x100 Arizona Supreme Court will review take home asbestos exposure caseThe Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next month in a take-home asbestos exposure case, according to Legal Newsline.

The plaintiffs, Ernest V. and Mary Quiroz, allege Ernest’s father was exposed to asbestos at work and brought asbestos fibers home on his clothing, which exposed his family to the carcinogen as well. Health risks occur when asbestos fibers become airborne and are either inhaled or ingested. Ernest contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and died in 2014.  (more…)


Asbestos found at Oroville Dam site

20 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

 

Oroville dam aerial1 100x100 Asbestos found at Oroville Dam siteCalifornia’s damaged Oroville Dam faces another hurdle in its repair after air-quality control tests revealed the presence of naturally occurring asbestos.

The California Department of Water Resources said Thursday that authorities found the asbestos in what it said were limited areas of the site, according to the Associated Press. Crews are currently working to remove what remains of the more than 1.7 million cubic-yards of debris that accumulated at the bottom of the spillway last month after a large part of it failed.

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Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblower

17 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Sonoma State University Seal 100x100 Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblowerAfter four days of deliberation, Sonoma County, California, jurors found in favor of a Sonoma State University employee who maintained he was fired from his position after raising concerns about the school’s handling of environmental hazards like lead and asbestos, according to The Press Democrat. (more…)


Jury deliberates Sonoma State whistleblower retaliation case

9 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

SSU Schultz Library 4630COPY 100x100 Jury deliberates Sonoma State whistleblower retaliation caseJurors began weeding through more than two months’ worth of evidence and testimony today in an effort to determine the outcome of a contentious whistleblower trial over environmental issues on Sonoma State University’s campus.

Former employee Thomas R. Sargent, 48, claims he lost his position at the California university after raising concerns about how the college handled environmental hazards, including lead and asbestos. He filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages alleging retaliation ended his 24-year career at the school, MyMeso previously reported. (more…)


Sonoma State environmental whistleblower seeks $50 million in damages

19 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

SSU Schultz Library 4630COPY 100x100 Sonoma State environmental whistleblower seeks $50 million in damagesA former employee claims he lost his position at California’s Sonoma State University after raising concerns about how the college handled environmental hazards, including lead and asbestos.

Thomas R. Sargent, 48, filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages “alleging that retaliation from top-ranking officials ended his 24-year career at the Rohnert Park institution,” according to the Argus Courier. (more…)


Deep freezing mesothelioma tumors proves a beneficial treatment

30 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 Deep freezing mesothelioma tumors proves a beneficial treatmentSubzero temperatures aren’t what many would call beneficial to human health, especially during chilly winter months, but a recent study has found extreme cold can be beneficial in treating mesothelioma tumors, according to Surviving Mesothelioma.

Specifically, the University of California, Los Angeles study, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, finds cryoablation or cryosurgery has beneficial results for patients with pleural mesothelioma cancer, a type of mesothelioma normally caused by the inhalation of asbestos particles and affecting the lining of the lungs. (more…)


California families can now sue over secondhand asbestos exposure, mesothelioma

7 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under News

CA SC seal 100x100 California families can now sue over secondhand asbestos exposure, mesotheliomaIn the state of California, family members can now more easily sue loved ones’ employers for their own, secondhand asbestos exposure leading to the development of mesothelioma. Last week the California Supreme Court ruled to allow lawsuits against employers filed on behalf of family members who have contracted an asbestos-related disease secondhand from a relative.

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California trucking company to pay $150,000 for improper asbestos removal, disposal

25 Sep 2015 by Kurt Niland under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 California trucking company to pay $150,000 for improper asbestos removal, disposalA California trucking company has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle an environmental lawsuit alleging it improperly removed, transported, and attempted to dump asbestos insulation, potentially exposing workers and the public to lethal asbestos fibers. (more…)


Asbestos in schools: Who should be held accountable for asbestos abatement?

11 Aug 2015 by Temp Temple under News

School Buses 435x287 100x100 Asbestos in schools: Who should be held accountable for asbestos abatement?The Ocean View school district, located in California, was in for an unpleasant surprise when construction workers discovered dangerous asbestos in 11 school buildings in 2014.

Between the 1940s and 1970s, asbestos was regularly used in building materials like floor tiles, as well as shingles and ceiling plaster for fire protection, and in insulation, up until the 1970s. While stable, undisturbed asbestos does not necessarily pose a health risk, if deteriorated or tampered with, such in a renovation, asbestos become airborne and can be inhaled or ingested. This type of exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)


Students exposed to asbestos win $1.8 million for medical monitoring

25 Feb 2015 by Temp Temple under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Students exposed to asbestos win $1.8 million for medical monitoringAfter exposing dozens of young victims to asbestos while on the job, nonprofit Firm Build’s three former executives must pay approximately $1.8 million in damages, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner’s office. (more…)