Posts Tagged ‘construction’

Sydney Harbour Bridge project uncovered asbestos; public made aware 10 months later

15 Nov 2016 by under News

Sydney Harbour Bridge Wikipedia 100x100 Sydney Harbour Bridge project uncovered asbestos; public made aware 10 months laterAfter road workers in completed construction and renovation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge nearly 10 months ago, the public has just been made aware of the discovery of beneath concrete slabs on the structure.

According to Daily Mail Australia, Duncan Gay, the NSW Nationals Minister for Roads and also a qualified hygienist, was only told of the asbestos earlier this month. Fortunately for those living nearby the bridge, Gay did confirm that the asbestos had low potential for airborne exposure. Local authorities will also be investigating where the excess material taken from the site went and whether or not it was disposed of properly. (more…)


Study links Italian cement plants to higher cases of mesothelioma

27 Apr 2015 by under Research/Treatment

cement Stockage de ciments by Oussama zrafi Own work. Licensed under CC BY SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 100x100 Study links Italian cement plants to higher cases of mesotheliomaA number of asbestos cement plants in have been linked to clusters of victims across the country, according to the results of a new study. Those affected by the deadly disease range from former cement plant employees to even women living nearby the plants. Mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers, like those used in the Italian cement plants, have been inhaled or ingested. The fatal cancer can form along the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or, in rare cases, the heart. Unfortunately, there is still no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)


Property owners charged with violating Clean Air Act and CERCLA, exposing residents to asbestos

12 Sep 2014 by under Legal, News

asbestos warning 100x100 Property owners charged with violating Clean Air Act and CERCLA, exposing residents to asbestosWillingly exposing residents to the dangers of has two New York men looking at serious jail time and fines. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), both John Francis Mills, the owner of more than a dozen properties in Malone, N.Y., and his maintenance manager, Thomas J. McAvoy, have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for cooperatively and openly violating the Clean Air Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (). Following their prison terms, the two men will also face two years of supervised release, while Mills will be forced to pays fines of $25,000 and a $300 crime victim special assessment fee. (more…)


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

7 Aug 2014 by 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 () warn many of these activities may hide a hidden danger – asbestos. (more…)


Tests find U.S. Post Office branch is free from asbestos, clear to re-open

20 Feb 2014 by under News

USPS logo 100x100 Tests find U.S. Post Office branch is free from asbestos, clear to re openA U.S. branch in , Calif., got the green light to re-open yesterday after being shuttered on Friday for suspected asbestos contamination. Further tests by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor allayed fears, revealing no asbestos in either surface or air samples. (more…)


Think about asbestos risk before beginning home renovation projects

4 Dec 2013 by under News

home renovation flooring 225x300 Think about asbestos risk before beginning home renovation projectsBefore committing to a home project, either from need as a home ages or just a desire to change or improve surroundings, home owners should take a minute to think about asbestos. Most home owners know that asbestos was commonly used in building products for years, usually for fire protection, or acoustics. However, they also believe asbestos was finally banned in the 1970s due to health concerns. But it’s important to remember that asbestos-containing products may remain in older homes, and was still included in some products as late as the 1980s. (more…)


Asbestos could be a concern in homes built as recently as 1985

9 Sep 2013 by under News

carpenter 100x100 Asbestos could be a concern in homes built as recently as 1985A topic we talk about regularly on this blog concerns the hidden danger of in , improvement and renovation projects. For decades, asbestos was used in a variety of building materials, for insulation and as a fire retardant. While most asbestos-containing products were not manufactured or used past the late 1970s, materials may still be present and could pose a danger when disturbed. (more…)


Construction workers at Florida school concerned about possible asbestos exposure

12 Aug 2013 by under News

florida school asbestos 100x100 Construction workers at Florida school concerned about possible asbestos exposureWorkers involved in an extensive remodeling project at a elementary school are concerned they may have been exposed to . They sent photos to the local Fox4 television station showing a hallway closed off with plastic and posted with “Danger – Asbestos” signage at Tice Grammar School in Fort Myers, Fla. (more…)


Asbestos found throughout site of deadly Philadelphia building collapse

22 Jul 2013 by under Legal, News

Philly building collapse courtesy ABC 6 News 100x100 Asbestos found throughout site of deadly Philadelphia building collapseSix people were killed June 5 when a building under demolition in downtown Philadelphia, Penn., collapsed. A wall caved in on a Salvation Army store adjacent to the site, and staff and shoppers were buried under debris. Now, documents indicate there was asbestos present in the building. It appears the contractor did not notify city officials prior to beginning work and improperly disposed of asbestos-laden materials in an open trash bin on the construction site. (more…)