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Final Resident of Former Asbestos Mining Town Misses Move Deadline

The final resident of an Australian town referred to as “Australia’s Chernobyl” has failed to reach the deadline to leave imposed by the Western Australian Government of 31st August.

The town of Wittenoon is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest contaminated industrial site due its previous roots as an asbestos mining town. Exposure to the deadly substance was blamed for the deaths of 2000 workers of the Wittenoom mine and their families. The mine which used to export blue asbestos around the world was closed down in 1966 with a lack of profitability......

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State of UK School Buildings Shown in New Analysis

The UK Government have been urged to take on the growing problem of England’s faltering school buildings. Figures detailed by the Guardian have revealed that of 20,000 school buildings surveyed between 2017 and 2019, 19,442 had a minimum of one element with “major defects” or “not operating as intended” with repairs and replacements clearly needed.

The National Education Union (NEU) said the numbers being reported were “shocking” and shared their belief that the £1bn the government are putting into what they called “state of the art” refurbishments to 61 schools was......

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Directors put their employees at risk of asbestos during 2.4m contract to transform Joplings store

Directors of Keebar Construction Ltd, James Keegan, 65, and Alan Barraclough, 51, who took on a £2.4m contract to transform a department store into student accommodation have been convicted of putting their employees at potentially fatal risk from asbestos.

The crown court in Newcastle discovered that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site in October 2017, several months after work had begun, subsequently stopping the construction after discovering multiple workers had been exposed to asbestos.

A prosecutor for the HSE, James Patrick McKeon, told the court (held in recent weeks)......

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Mesothelioma UK appoints new head of nursing

A national asbestos-related cancer charity (Mesothelioma UK) has appointed Leah Taylor as the new head of nursing. In her new role, Leah will work closely with the charity’s operational team and trustees as well as providing strategic leadership to the charity’s network of 34 UK clinical nurse specialists.

Leah previously worked as team leader for the Mesothelioma UK North of England team and is currently based at the Wansbeck General Hospital, Northumbria. The appointment follows the retirement of former UK head of nursing, Lorraine Creech, who leaves the charity after eight......

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Roofers and builders reminded to follow duty of care (GOV.UK)

The Environment Agency (EA) is reminding construction professionals in Devon and Cornwall to take more care when making decisions regarding potentially dangerous waste disposal. The reminder comes after EA officers uncovered a considerable amount of asbestos waste at a site in the Southwest. The operator of the site was subsequently arrested by the police and questioned, before being released.

As we try to make clear through our blogs and courses here at CCUK, asbestos and other hazardous wastes require disposal by specialist contractors. Too often sites can illegally and un-safely handle......

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Waltham Forest Council worker's town hall asbestos exposure

A former council employee at Waltham Forest has been paid over £200,000 in compensation after he was wrongfully exposed to asbestos in the Town Hall for over 10 years. The man, not named at the request of his family, was an administrative worker for the council and has unfortunately since died from cancer linked to inhaling asbestos fibres during his employment.

The employee was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in 2018 and hence filed a claim for compensation to the council soon after. Despite initially denying several aspects of the claim,......

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Family’s plea for details on how engineer who died of asbestos cancer was exposed

Stuart Raggett, 76, died of mesothelioma in June 2021 as a result of exposure to asbestos materials while working as an engineer. His family have since launched an investigation, hoping to discover exactly how and when Stuart came into contact with the fatal material. Foremost, the family is appealing for Stuarts former colleagues to come forward and provide any information they have which may help their case. Mr Raggett worked at Springfield psychiatric hospital in Tooting, from 1968 to 1969, King George V Hospital in Godalming, between 1969 and 1971, and St Luke’s......

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Set 40 year deadline for non-domestic building asbestos removal, MPs say

A report from the Work and Pensions Committee highlights this week how, despite being banned more than two decades ago, asbestos remains the single greatest cause of work-related fatalities in the UK. For example, in 2019 alone there were over 5000 reported deaths directly related to cancers such as mesothelioma. As a result MPs are stating this week that the Government must commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years.

With asbestos still in around 300,000 non-domestic buildings the......

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Memorial Project Launched to Mark Asbestos Awareness Week

To commemorate hundreds of UK teachers who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos a long lasting memorial is being built.

This week is Asbestos Awareness Week, running from April 1 to April 7, Acorn Analytical Services has fundraised and contributed to the memorial project. The aim of the project is to highlight the issue of asbestos in UK schools and the danger it poses to staff and children alike. This aim is on the back of National Education Union releasing a study, which found more than 200 teachers......

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Over 30,000 Council Buildings Found tContain Asbestos

This week new research has revealed an extraordinary amount of council buildings in England alone, contain potentially dangerous level of asbestos. A national law firm, Stephensons Solicitors LLP, carried out first-hand research and concluded that over 30,000 buildings owned by councils in England contain asbestos.

Out of 333 council organisations in England Stephenson’s sent an information request too, 253 responded confirming they own or manage at least one building where the substance is present.

A spokesperson for the personal injury department at Stephensons, Danielle Callaway, said: ‘I’m sure many people will be......

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