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HSE Dust Checks to Also Cover Compliance With COVID Rules

As has been the case for the last four year, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is continuing to send out inspectors to assess dust inhalation standards on building sites. In addition, inspectors will now be checking that all firms are being compliant with the necessary COVID-19 rules.

These unannounced inspections are typically to ensure that all businesses are prioritising the health of their staff by putting measures in place that protect them and most importantly their lungs from encountering asbestos, silica and wood dust. According to the HSE, approximately 100......

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Town of Asbestos Name Vote Results Revealed

After nearly a year since it was announced that the town of Asbestos in Quebec, Canada would be renamed the residents have voted for the new name of Val-des-Sources by a large majority it was revealed on Monday.

As we have been detailing throughout the year in our blogs, the town decided it needed an image change after they believed the image that was given to potential investors through the town being called after the toxic material, which came from the formerly operating asbestos mine which closed operations in 2011, was......

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September in Review

Here’s a roundup of September’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos that we haven’t already covered on the blog.

Derby Man Dies Due to Asbestos Poisoning

At the start of this month Barry Richards, an 83-year-old former city council worker died from mesothelioma. An inquest into Mr Richard’s death heard that the Derby resident most likely contracted an asbestos related disease in his 20s and 30s when he worked on repairing and maintaining houses that were built using asbestos.

Another place of work where he may have been exposed was Southgate......

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The Dangers of Asbestos in Welding

There are certain professions that have a higher risk of contracting mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases through exposure at the workplace, one of these such professions in America is being a welder. The primary focus of a job like this is joining two metal parts this aspect requires a high amount of heat which leads to the possibility of damage to their main tool, the welding rod.

These rods use an asbestos coating to protect from the fire or heat destruction, which when attached to the rods doesn’t pose a......

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Canadian Town of Asbestos Narrows Down Choices For New Name

A big moment for the Canadian town of Asbestos occurred recently as they narrowed down their choices for its new name in the last week. Officials in the town have been battling with their reputation for years and believe their economy has taken a hit due to the connotations related to the deadly material of asbestos, with their mayor saying in an interview that “Four businesses have told me they don’t want to establish here because of the name, that their investors were reluctant to invest here”.

The journey began late......

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August in Review

Here’s a roundup of August’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos that we haven’t already covered on the blog.

Former Councillor’s Family Wins Case Against Asbestos Factory

The family of Philip Round, a 66-year-old journalist and town councillor who died from mesothelioma in 2018, won £300,00 in their case against an asbestos factory earlier this month in the town of Hebden Bridge, which has now become synonymous with asbestos related illness compensation.

It is believed that Mr Round came into contact with the dangerous substance in his family kitchen, after his......

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July in Review

Here’s a roundup of July’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos that we haven’t already covered on the blog.

Pensioner Who Worked with Asbestos Awarded Compensation

Errol Lee, a former employee of A J Stimson & Son (Somerby) Ltd successfully brought forward a legal case against the business, this was for claims of asbestos exposure during his time working for them after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

It was confirmed by the court that during his period with the company they failed to adequately protect their workers from the deadly material,......

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Netflix to Sue Studio Over Asbestos Complaint

A film studio in North London is being sued by entertainment powerhouse, Netflix after it has been claimed that production of their new period drama had to be moved because of their fears of asbestos exposure on set. The billion-dollar behemoth signed a £2 million-a-year deal with Neasden studios to film the period drama that will star actress Julie Andrews, Bridgerton in their property. New High Court papers have revealed that the show faced a turbulent 5-month period of production in Neasden which resulted in Netflix deeming the facilities as too unsafe to......

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June in Review

Here’s a roundup of June’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos. Sydney High School Undergoes Major Asbestos Works An Australian high school recently had major work on one of its buildings due to asbestos found on the premises. The work took place between May and June of this year, with all students moved to other areas of the school. The education department for New South Wales has confirmed there is now a low risk of exposure to the material. This came after staff members raised their concerns that they had been exposed......

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Calls For Government School Fund To be Used on Asbestos Problem

 

This week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson made a statement pledging to invest £1bn across 50 major school building projects with a further £560m for repairs to crumbling infrastructure. This does however follow the National Audit Office identifying at least £6.7bn in repairs and fixes needed across the 21,000 schools in England, almost seven times the government pledge.

In the UK there are 3,000 schools designed in the late 1950s that are known as Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme (CLASP) schools, these were previously very popular models that used light......

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