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Asbestos at Christmas

As we approach Christmas please take a read of two of our previous blogs focussing on asbestos around the festive season. The first of which focusses on the use of asbestos in snow in film, including in a very famous scene starring Bing Crosby please read this blog here. The second blog is about the use of asbestos in older Christmas decorations that may still be found around the home if passed down through generations, you can take a read of that blog here. Have a happy......

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Site of world's largest asbestos factory to be cleaned up, new owners say

The former home of the world's largest asbestos factory is to be cleaned up by its new owners, it has been revealed this month. The land in Rochdale, which housed Turner Brothers Asbestos, has recently been bought by ESG Trading, based in Castleford. Martin Greenwood, ESG chairman, said they would "decontaminate, demolish and remediate" the 111-acre site before putting forward any proposals for it. This acts as music to the ears of many locals who have grown tired of looking at the abandoned factory since it closed its doors for......

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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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2021 Monthly Reviews - January

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

Death of Businessman Due to Asbestos Inquest Reveals

Cecil Duckworth, the multi-millionaire chairman of the Worcester Warriors rugby team as well as founding the Worcester Bosch business died towards the end of 2020 and the inquest into his death took place at the start of the year.

This inquest revealed that his cause of death was a form of mesothelioma due to the inhalation of asbestos fibres when he was developing his new boiler products during the 1960s, his widow confirmed.......

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November in Review

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

Asbestos Prosecution Following Gas Explosion in Chippenham

During November, a case was brought to Salisbury Magistrates Court in regard to a gas explosion in a flat in Chippenham during October of 2017 after construction work had taken place as part of flat developments.

After the explosion, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) began an investigation the results of which found that the company contracted to advise and manage these developments, Prestige EA Ltd......

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Yorkshire University Opening Centre For Asbestos Diseases Research

A brand-new research centre, the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre - Sheffield (MURC-S) has opened up at the University of Sheffield this week. This centre will focus on research into finding the best possible ways to prevent and treat the disease of mesothelioma that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Their eventual aim as explained by the centre’s co-director, Prof Angela Mary Tod is to possibly find a cure to the terminal illness.

Ms Tod also from the University of Sheffield Health Sciences School explained the devastating impact of the deadly disease......

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Duty-Holders Warned to Continue Managing Asbestos During Lockdown

A joint statement by asbestos professionals, alongside certain UK trade bodies, implored all of those who have are responsible for locations and materials to continue keeping track and managing the asbestos in these sites and materials as the country goes through a second lockdown.. The release of this statement coincides with the continuing confusion surrounding which activities relating to the control and maintenance of asbestos are allowed during lockdown conditions. The confusion extends to duty-holders and the understanding of their legal duties named under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 which remain......

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Secondary Exposure Case Sets New Precedent

As employers who dealt with asbestos related injury claims would know, these cases also typically involve secondary exposure. Those affected by secondary exposure are people who, despite not working directly with asbestos, are in close enough proximity to the material when it has been disturbed. The disagreement that usually arises in these cases is around whether or not the exposure was significant enough to have caused the claimants’ condition. A recent case, that of ‘Bannister v Freeman’ revolved around this exact issue. Mr Bannister worked in a four storey Victorian building as an......

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Asbestos In Talc

Despite the fact that asbestos is banned in many countries across the world, there are still a huge number of products made containing this material. These include baby powder, makeup and other cosmetics. Even though products that feature talcum powder are still popular they contain hidden dangers to human health. One of the largest businesses that have been experiencing recent legal issue over asbestos being found in their talc products is Johnson & Johnson. Many lawsuits were filed after asbestos traces were found in their baby powder, which was recently dropped by the......

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