Awakening asbestos mining giant Shabanie Mashaba Mines (SMM) is set to resume chrysotile asbestos fibre exports for the first time in over a decade as Government’s master plan to revive the mine begins to bear dividend, according to Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando.
This fibre is a key ingredient in the manufacture of roofing tiles, sheets and other asbestos-related products.
Minister Chitando told The Sunday Mail Business in an exclusive interview this week that the asbestos behemoth, which closed shop in 2007, will resume exports with an order to India in the next two weeks.
MAJOR concerns have been raised over the presence of asbestos at the iconic Admiral Jellicoe pub on Canvey – which is currently under demolition.
The health and safety executive (HSE) has stated it has been made aware of concerns and that it is investigating.
The ongoing saga surrounding the plan to transform the pub into flats appeared to have reached its conclusion last week when demolition started for a second time.
But now, the demolition has hit another hurdle, with Castle Point Council stating it had reported concerns to the HSE, which has added it is making enquiries.
The demolition has been plaqued with issues, with Castle Point Council initially issuing a stop notice, before the pub was engulfed flames in early July.
Developers, Branch Company Ltd, was asked to comment on the situation surrounding asbestos, but declined.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a management asbestos survey and a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey had not been completed prior to the work starting, and the work had not been completed by a licenced asbestos contractor.
Faruk Kamali of Lower Southend Road, Wickford, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,293.
After the hearing HSE inspector David King said “Those in control of works have a responsibility to manage the risks from asbestos in non-domestic premises. To achieve this the dutyholder must ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment is carried out as to whether asbestos is or is liable to be present in the premises.”
Further information about client’s duties can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/commercial-clients.htm
The tween retailer Claire’s has been hit with another product recall after asbestos was found in more of their cosmetic products, three months after the Food and Drug Administration found the same substance in other cosmetics.
The FDA said Friday that Claire’s voluntarily recalled its JoJo Siwa Makeup set (SKU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109). Beauty Plus, a company based in Shanghai, also voluntarily recalled its Global Contour Effects Palette 2 (Batch No. S1603002/PD-C1179) for the same reason.
Firefighters were dispatched Sunday morning to extinguish an asbestos fire in Kibbutz Harel, after several homes in the community were destroyed Thursday in a devastating firestorm.
A special hazardous materials (Hazmat) team of firefighters was sent in to the kibbutz, which is located about 4.5 miles north of Beit Shemesh, after it was found that asbestos-cement (referred to sometimes as AC sheet) was burning at the ruins of several homes in Harel.
Wigan wildlife volunteers have slammed flytippers who left a container full of asbestos in a nature reserve.
Members of the ‘Friends of Three Sisters’ group were shocked to find a large trolley with a plastic wrapped bundle full of the hazardous material dumped in plain sight in the Ashton wildlife park.
The waste is believed to have been dumped on Thursday, May 2 between 12pm and 1.30pm.
“It is absolutely unbelievable,” said Vic Greenwood, a founding member of the group.
More than 200 teachers have died in the past 10 years from the effects of being exposed to asbestos.
And for each teacher fatality, nine ex-pupils can also be expected to fall victim to the silent killer, a study claims – an average of almost 200 per year.
Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and can strike years or even decades after exposure.
Peter Henry Brittain, 77, of Haygate Road, Wellington, was a retired groundsman for Telford Council, and had worked in the aftermath of the 1983 fire.
A fast track inquest into his death, held at Shirehall on Wednesday, heard how he lived alone and passed away on April 24.
He had worked to remove a large amount of asbestos following the fire.
The cost of removing and disposing asbestos being uncovered on Sydney road projects is surging well above $100 million, blowing out budgets and forcing the state government to raid other projects to cover funding shortfalls.
On one road initiative – the M4 Smart Motorway between Mays Hill and Lapstone – the amount of asbestos uncovered has added more than $70 million to the estimated cost of a project that had been budgeted at $470 million.
The increasing discovery of asbestos on road projects has also triggered mixed messages from the government about the best way to treat or remove the hazardous material – and about how to communicate those options to the community.