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BBC to be sued by Family of Set Builder Due to Asbestos Inhalation

It has been confirmed that the BBC is facing another lawsuit from an asbestos related death, earlier in the summer it was reported that the widow of a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra was taking action against the corporation due to the death of her husband (read our blog on this story here) and now the widow of a set builder who worked for the BBC from 1965 until 1988 is looking to follow suit. Valerie Evans, whose husband worked on creating the sets for BBC dramas such......

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New Report Shows Illness Faced by 9/11 First Responders

As we pass the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, a new report from the Fire Department of New York World Trade Center Health Program has highlighted the health effects that the firefighters who appeared on the scene following the tragedy are now facing. It is estimated that approximately 410,000 first responders were at the site of the attack in the following days and weeks inhaling toxic materials as they assisted in saving lives. Nearly 3,000 people died on what many termed ‘America’s Darkest Day’ but in the succeeding 20 years a......

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School Leaders Tell of Schools in Need of Investment

In England, teachers have been making their complaints known about schools not being up to scratch with leaking ceilings, heating systems that no longer work and the potential danger of Covid with ventilation systems that aren’t fit to deal with the threat of the contagious disease.

The declining state of UK schools and the potential dangers relating to asbestos is something we have covered in our blogs over recent years. With the government being urged to combat these issues (read here), an example of a school in......

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British Housebuilder Tackling Asbestos Waste Challenges

A British homebuilding company have become the first to proactively fight the obstacles posed by asbestos waste on jobs where it poses a real challenge and is still typically sent off from the site into landfills which don’t truly resolve the issue rather leaving it for future generations to face.

Lovell Homes have collaborated with Thermal Recycling to safely package and create a safe and reusable cement alternative out of the asbestos waste following its removal. The firm undertook a pilot scheme under a license from the Environment Agency together with......

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Welsh Campaigners Fighting Against Asbestos Found on Beach

Campaigners in Wales are engaged in a fight to remove asbestos containing waste from a beach in Carmarthenshire.

These calls have come after the council confirmed that their own tests had found that the substance found on the east beach at Burry Port contained what they described as “low risk” asbestos which according to Philip Hughes, executive board member for public protection at Carmarthenshire council they believe “Is of low risk to the public we are taking all necessary steps as a precaution including the safe removal of any visible material.......

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A&E Worker Left With Asbestos Frustrations

An Enfield resident has been left frustrated with the town council after they failed to clean up the asbestos problem in her children’s bedrooms.

Marsha Francis, an NHS worker living in Edmonton has said how she was left ‘fed up’ with the repeated delays in the asbestos removal which she believed should have been dealt with as a priority due to the dangerous nature of the material. Ms Francis told how the problem was first found after she had a contractor out fixing what was thought to be a leak in......

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Plaintiffs and Congressional Leaders push back against J&J

In what has been a developing story throughout the last two years, there has been a new push against Johnson & Johnson and its talc-based powder products that have been alleged to contain asbestos materials by a mix of plaintiff attorneys and congressional leaders.

At the end of July, at the U.S District court in Delaware, group of attorneys filed a restraining order which they hope to put a stop to the J&J group’s plan to off load these liabilities from talc-related products onto a new subsidiary group who would then......

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BBC to be sued by Musicians Widow after Asbestos Exposure

The widow of a former member of the BBC symphony orchestra is suing the broadcaster after her husband died from mesothelioma, which was caused by playing a studio that was riddled with asbestos.

Christopher Larkin was a horn player with the orchestra for 36 years and the group both rehearsed and performed in the infamous Maida Vale studios in London which unbeknownst to Mr Larkin was covered in the deadly substance leading to his death aged 73.

On 8th April of this year, the day Mr Larkin died, the BBC took responsibility......

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Australian Dust Taskforce Publish Final Report

Nearly two years after they were formed, the Australian National Dust Disease Taskforce has published their report which sets out their recommendations to tackling dust exposure in the country.

We covered the lead up to the publication of this report in a recent blog which you can read here.

The final report, released in July, outlines the taskforce’s seven recommendations that they believe are integral to combating exposure to this potentially deadly substance, these recommendations were:

  1. To strengthen the health and safety measures in all workplaces which can ensure that all workers will......

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Farmers Face Fly Tipping Battle

Across East Sussex they are facing an asbestos fly tipping problem, where the deadly material has been found being dumped on country lanes. In June alone it had been found discarded in multiple areas in the region and the council for Wealden released images that showed piles of potentially dangerous asbestos insulation board (AIB) as well as rubbish bags left in woodland by the side of the road. A spokesman for the council said, “Someone is endangering their own health and that of others.”

Over to Penkridge, Staffordshire where two local......

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