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Category: Asbestos Awareness


October in Review

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

Retired Sound Engineer to Sue ITV for Asbestos Exposure

John Sanders, an 81-year-old former sound engineer is suing media giant ITV over his claims that he contracted mesothelioma after his work on the creation of their former South Bank base, The London Studios for ITV predecessor London Weekend Television.

Mr Sanders legal representation Simon Kilvington QC explained to the high court how his client worked on the London Studios creation when it......

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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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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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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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Asbestos Aftermath of Dundee Fire

A building survey carried out on a Dundee industrial unit that later caught fire and burnt down was unable to identify asbestos in the property. The owner of the unit, Imram Amin, said that he was unaware of the material being located anywhere in the building and in the one-page report supplied to the police it stated that the deadly material was not used in the building’s construction. If asbestos is found in any commercial property in the UK it should be logged and regularly checked. Mr Amin also said “I sent the report,......

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May in Review

Here’s a roundup of May’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos.

US Report Finds Asbestos Risks in Military Housing
A recent report by Department of Defence Office of Inspector General that came after eight military installations (seven of which were outside the States) were inspected, has shown that American military families staying in government owned properties are being subjected to health and safety risks.

These properties were found to not be correctly managing the asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) found there. The report states that these materials are so prevalent with......

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