More than 13 tonnes of hazardous material was removed from the forest in October and November | East London and West Essex Guardian Series

More than 13 tonnes of asbestos were dumped in the forest in a two month period.During October and November three separate fly-tips saw asbestos dumped in Epping Forest.The hazardous material, which can cause certain kinds of cancer, is particularly difficult to remove.Paul Thomas, superintendent of Epping Forest, said: “There were three asbestos tips which are very expensive to collect.”The total of the three tips cost £1,855 to remove.

via More than 13 tonnes of hazardous material was removed from the forest in October and November | East London and West Essex Guardian Series.

Lessons from recent industrial disasters – 1) Safety inspectors are lax or go easy on owners| The Daily Star

The costs of industrialisation are many. Human beings, wildlife, nature, the environment, and future generations often pay the price. In some instances, those who shoulder the burden do so voluntarily; some are compensated for their sacrifice and, in most cases, the suffering is imposed without their knowledge and consent. Add to that the tons of catastrophic events such as industrial accidents, mine collapses, and transport disasters that are a regular news item in this day and age. Ironically, many of these were foreseen and the deaths and illnesses could have been prevented.

Victims of industrial accidents are sometimes paid compensation although these are often small quantities of money and frequently do not reach the victims on time. Fortunately, we now have the capability to identify the culprits and are constantly refining the mechanism to measure the cost of the pain, suffering and physical damage they generate.

A review of these disasters has identified three problems:

1) Safety inspectors are lax or go easy on owners;

2) Companies hire inspectors from “friendly” agencies; and

3) Companies ignore inspection reports or disregard early warning signs. 

via Lessons from recent industrial disasters | The Daily Star.

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Man who put workers at risk of asbestos exposure sentenced | Charlotte Observer

SIOUX CITY, IOWA Federal prosecutors for Iowa say a contractor who put workers at risk of exposure to asbestos has been sentenced to two years’ probation.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 61-year-old Steven Weaver, of Algona, was sentenced Wednesday in Sioux City’s federal courthouse after pleading guilty in October to one count of violating clean air work practice standards.

via Man who put workers at risk of asbestos exposure sentenced | Charlotte Observer.

HMS Daedalus: Dust fears at former Navy site – BBC News

“Constant’ dust clouds from a demolished Royal Navy site are affecting people’s health and leaving nearby homes covered, residents say.

The former HMS Daedalus site in Lee-on-Solent was cleared two years ago to make way for businesses and 200 homes.Those living nearby have since complained of sore throats and eyes, and said recent digging and new rubble stockpiles have made more dust.

via HMS Daedalus: Dust fears at former Navy site – BBC News.

Asbestos goes flying after roof falls apart | Irish Examiner

Concern has been raised for the safety of schoolchildren and Mass-goers who are having to walk past broken asbestos which is coming off the roof of a derelict house in a small village.Members of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Council were shocked after hearing Cllr Timmy Collins tell of his concerns about the possible health implications for people living in his home village of Meelin, on the Cork/Limerick border.

via Asbestos goes flying after roof falls apart | Irish Examiner.

Asbestos-contaminated rubble sitting by West Coast town’s main street | Stuff.co.nz

A West Coast company has been charged with putting workers in danger of asbestos exposure during the demolition of an old hotel. Larsen’s Hotel was demolished at the end of 2017, but the rubble has still not been cleared from the site on Westport’s main street.Site owner McManus Hotel Ltd faces two health and safety charges, which will be heard in the Westport District Court on February 28. 

via Asbestos-contaminated rubble sitting by West Coast town’s main street | Stuff.co.nz.

How mesothelioma devastated this Indigenous community in the Pilbara – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

PHOTO: Thousands of people who lived and worked near Wittenoom have died of asbestos-related cancer. (Supplied: Robin Smith/ National Library of Australia)

It’s a striking picture: three young men riding high in the breeze, hitching a ride on a red truck in the hot and dusty West Australian Pilbara of the 1960s.”We used to put our swags up there, lie on the truck, and look far and wide,” says Yindjibarndi elder Allery Sandy.”It was exciting for us. We used to think we were riding on the clouds.”But little did we know that down the track we might get sick.”Fresh from the mine at Wittenoom Gorge, bags of deadly blue asbestos were transported by trucks li

via How mesothelioma devastated this Indigenous community in the Pilbara – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Second Talc Cancer Trial Suspended by Missouri High Court

The Missouri Supreme Court has halted an upcoming trial in a case brought by women who claim talc supplied by Imerys Talc America for use in Johnson & Johnson products gave them cancer, saying it wanted to consider a jurisdictional challenge by Imerys.It is the second major talc case the Missouri high court has stayed in recent weeks on jurisdictional grounds. Both were in the St. Louis’ 22nd Circuit Court, which has issued several large verdicts against J&J and Imerys, including one for $4.7 billion in J

via Second Talc Cancer Trial Suspended by Missouri High Court.

£23,000 asbestos training for Aberdeen City Council staff – Evening Express

Aberdeen City Council will spend a total of £23,000 offering “bespoke asbestos training” to its frontline staff.The local authority was ordered to improve after an investigation last year found an asbestos incident at Bridge of Don Academy contravened health and safety law.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ordered the council to improve its level of training in the wake of its investigation.

via £23,000 asbestos training for Aberdeen City Council staff – Evening Express.