Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Baby food company refusing to comply with EPA asbestos abatement order

25 May 2017 by under News
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A former facility for baby food manufacturer Beech-Nut has fallen into disrepair over the seven years it has sat vacant. Now, the company is refusing to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order requiring it to clean up the 26-acre area in Canajoharie, New York. (more…)


Widow appeals determination of damages by timing of asbestos exposure

25 Apr 2017 by under Legal, News

480px Florida Supreme Court Seal 2014 100x100 Widow appeals determination of damages by timing of asbestos exposureIn February, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states, ruling Janis Kelly could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died in 2015 from because prior cases in the district  had established that claims start for asbestos-related disease when symptoms appear.

Specifically, it ruled that she could not bring claims against defendants Georgia-Pacific Union Carbide Corp. because under common law loss of consortium, the parties must be married when the injury occurs to recover damages. Kelly has appealed the ruling to the Florida Supreme Court, according to Law360. (more…)


Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos-related defense costs

6 Apr 2017 by under News

Goodyear Blimp   Spirit of Innovation 100x100 Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos related defense costsGoodyear Tire and Rubber Co. faces approximately 62,000 claims involving asbestos-related injuries in New York, Maryland, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. The claims allege exposure to asbestos through the tire company’s products, including floor tiles, gaskets and furnace hoses, according to Law360. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. filed a petition in federal court Wednesday to declare it has no duty to pay defense costs, though Goodyear says otherwise due to an insurance policy. (more…)


Widow’s damages determined by timing of asbestos exposure

3 Mar 2017 by under Legal

Florida dca map1 100x100 Widows damages determined by timing of asbestos exposureFlorida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from .

According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his asbestos exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from , a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. (more…)


Asbestos-cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition project

15 Jul 2015 by under News

robot Asbestos cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition projectClearing out asbestos during the demolition of an old building just got much safer and simpler with the creation of an asbestos-cleaning robot. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the asbestos-cleaning robot is being used as part of a demolition project at the former Pensacola News Journal building in Florida. (more…)


Asbestos fibers discovered at proposed iron ore mine site in Wisconsin

8 Oct 2013 by under News

Gogebic Taconite GTAC Fox 11 news 100x100 Asbestos fibers discovered at proposed iron ore mine site in WisconsinThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that asbestos is present in a rock sample taken from the proposed site of an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. The asbestoform fibers were found in the mineral grunerite. Asbestos and asbestoform fibers present a danger to public health if they are inhaled or ingested, which may result in the development of . (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 Florida elementary school are concerned they may have been exposed to asbestos. 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…)


Florida overpass construction halted to test for asbestos

10 Dec 2009 by under Legal, News

The construction of a large overpass project in Fort Myers, Fla., area has come to a halt while Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) investigators test suspicious materials found on the worksite. The Summerlin Road overpass in Lee County is Southwest Florida’s largest road project, according to NBC-2 News. During a recent site visit, county transportation leaders spotted the material, which they believe contains asbestos, an environmental hazard. Asbestos fibers can cause serious illness, including asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, and , a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the chest and lungs, or, more rarely, the abdomen or heart.

NBC-2 quotes John Iglehart from the FDEP as saying, “We take asbestos very seriously because it is such a human health threat.”

The suspected asbestos-containing material was observed among some filler materials on the work site. It is believed the material is leftover water pipes recycled from another project. If the pipes contain asbestos, it will mean they ought to have been properly disposed of, using protective measures in handling a hazardous material. It is illegal to recycle these types of materials and use them in other projects.

According to NBC-2, the project’s lead contractor, Posen Construction, may have improperly disposed of the pipes and then used them in the recycled fill material. The news agency says this is not the first time Posen has been cited for such environmental violations. In fact, they report, Posen Construction has been cited at least 24 times since July 2008 and fined at least $12,000.

The Florida DEP is currently testing the chunks of suspicious material obtained from the job site, but a FDEP investigator says a surface inspection reveals fibers consistent with asbestos. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is released into the air and inhaled, which is a possibility if the materials on the site are crushed or broken.

Until FDEP makes a final determination, the $25-million project is on hold. If asbestos is found, NBC-2 reports, “the next step will be determining who is responsible, how it happened and most immediately – cleaning it up.”

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Please let us know about your mesothelioma events!

28 May 2009 by under Events

I’ve posted about several fund-raising and awareness events during the past month, happening in places like Texas, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. Activities have ranged from bike rides to walks and even a bowl-a-thon. Proceeds from these events have gone toward research, through the Applied Research Foundation (MARF), or will benefit an individual, like Shanna Kurtz, in her personal battle against .

Today I heard from two people who are looking for ways to help raise awareness of and funds for research. One lives in California and the other in New York. If you know of any events in these areas in the coming weeks, please email us at myMeso – you can just click that green “Contact Us!” button on the home page, or you can email me directly at wendi.lewis@beasleyallen.com.

Also, if you send us information about an event, please include information about where the proceeds will go (either to an individual or an organization) and let us know how people can donate even if they cannot attend the event. Many people in the meso community will still want to help, even if they aren’t able to travel to your area to participate.

I look forward to helping you get the word out about your awareness event!


Bowlathon honors Raymond Beltrami while raising awarness, funds for research

30 Mar 2009 by under News

bowlathon boy for web 100x100 Bowlathon honors Raymond Beltrami while raising awarness, funds for researchFamily and friends of Raymond Beltrami gathered at Ormond Lanes in Ormond Beach, Fla., on March 21 to participate in a Bowl-a-thon fund raiser to benefit research, and to raise awareness of this terrible cancer.

The event was organized by Tara Music, in honor of her father, Raymond Beltrami, who was diagnosed with in January 2008 and passed away just six short months later. She says, ‘Because I could not do anything to save him, I have felt the need to spread awareness about this horrific disease.”

For a $15 registration fee, participants received three games of bowling, lunch and a commemorative t-shirt. The event raised almost $1,000, and donations are still coming in!

You can help – mail your contribution to Tara’s attention at 11 Woodgate Court, Ormond Beach, FL, 32174. Proceeds will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), which is dedicated to finding a cure for .

Pictured at top: Tara’s nephew, Dylan Hogan, holds a photo of Raymond Beltrami.

Pictured below, from left: Tara’s sister, Rene Hogan, mom Noreen Beltrami, Tara, and Raymond’s mother, Gladys Beltrami.

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