Posts Tagged ‘California’

Sonoma State to pay $2.3 million for health and safety violations

4 Oct 2017 by under News

Sonoma State University Seal 100x100 Sonoma State to pay $2.3 million for health and safety violationsCalifornia’s Sonoma State University will pay employees potentially exposed to asbestos and other toxins due to occupational health and safety violations, a judge ordered at the end of last month. (more…)


Hillshire Farms found responsible for asbestos exposure

11 Sep 2017 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Hillshire Farms found responsible for asbestos exposureLast week Hillshire Brands Co. was found responsible for the death of Mark Lopez, 60, from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure caused by the company. (more…)


California opts not to expand take-home asbestos liability

28 Jul 2017 by under Legal, News

Lady justice Dublin L 100x100 California opts not to expand take home asbestos liabilityCalifornia is one of the few states in the country that hears take-home or secondhand exposure cases, when a worker transfers asbestos fibers from work through clothing, tools, vehicle, etc., as MyMeso has previously reported. Earlier this month, a California Court of Appeals voted against expanding asbestos liability in take-home exposure lawsuits beyond the scope of precedent. (more…)


Secondhand asbestos victims push for justice

7 Jul 2017 by under News

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Secondhand asbestos victims push for justiceWhile most people think of mesothelioma as a deadly occupational cancer, increasing recognition is being given to family members who are exposed to asbestos secondhand, when a worker transfers asbestos fibers from work to home through clothing, tools, vehicle, etc. In the United States, California has opened the door for secondhand exposure—also known as take-home exposure—compensation, and asbestos victims in the United Kingdom who were exposed through family members are urging the government to acknowledge them by campaigning for compensation, according to the BBC. (more…)


Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says

16 May 2017 by under Research/Treatment

workers at WTC 100x100 Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says Household or secondary asbestos exposure occurs when the family members of a worker who is exposed to asbestos are also exposed to the known human carcinogen through clothing or other materials used on the job. While the law’s application to secondary asbestos exposure is still under debate, new research is suggesting household exposure does indeed have an effect on family members’ health, particularly female members. (more…)


Arizona Supreme Court will review take-home asbestos exposure case

22 Mar 2017 by under Legal

OznEpzk5 100x100 Arizona Supreme Court will review take home asbestos exposure caseThe 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 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 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 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 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…)