Posts Tagged ‘natural disaster’

Colorado floods uncover asbestos contamination hazards in debris

24 Sep 2013 by under Events, News

Colorado flood damage photo by ABC7 news 100x100 Colorado floods uncover asbestos contamination hazards in debrisThe recent devastating floods in have left in their wake another danger, from asbestos in the of damaged homes and other buildings. A state-certified asbestos inspector estimates one in three homes in Colorado contains asbestos. (more…)


Hurricane Sandy residents, first responders tested for respiratory illness linked to debris cleanup

22 Aug 2013 by under Events, News

Hurricane Sandy aftermath NJ US Air Force photo 100x100 Hurricane Sandy residents, first responders tested for respiratory illness linked to debris cleanupResidents whose homes were damaged and destroyed in “Super Storm” Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, along with and cleanup workers who assisted after the storm, are being screened for respiratory illnesses. There is concern that they were exposed to toxins including asbestos and mold in the debris. Respiratory problems linked to the storm have earned the moniker “Sandy lung.” (more…)


Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disasters

8 Feb 2013 by under News

Tsunami illustration 100x100 Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disastersA recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) throws light on an alarming problem often overlooked in the wake of natural disasters – the massive increase in risk of exposure to asbestos. The report specifically examines the situation in Fukushima, , following the devastating 2011 tsunami, which leveled miles of the country’s northeast coast, leaving piles of debris where communities once stood. Many of the buildings that were destroyed had been manufactured following World War II, using asbestos. (more…)