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Canadian government urging total asbestos ban

Government officials in Canada recently announced they will take action to prevent asbestos from entering the country because the mineral has been linked to fatalities in the workplace, a report of CBC News stated on December 7.

Reports revealed that since 2011 Canada no longer exported asbestos and shut down asbestos mining the following year. However, the country went from importing $4.7 million worth of asbestos in 2011 to importing $8.2 million worth of asbestos four years later. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff reported the government is now fully aware of asbestos hazards, so they are acting to totally eradicate asbestos.

Asbestos is known to be a popular mineral due to its fire retardant properties and durability. However, it can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if its fibers go airborne and enter the lungs. If you want to learn more about the dangers of asbestos, speak with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

PA contractor sued for breach of contract suspicion and asbestos violations

A lawsuit was recently filed against a demolition contractor in Pennsylvania after they were accused of breaking a contract on a project last year and for being negligent in removing asbestos minerals, a September 20 article of the Weirton Daily Times reported.

The plaintiff, identified as Ronald Cross, is claiming that Unis Demolition breached a 2015 project contract by demolishing and conducting asbestos abatement in the old AIR building in New Cumberland. According to the lawsuit filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, Unis did not fulfill the terms of the contract with Cross and extracted metals from the facility considered valuable. Unis caused financial loss equivalent to $21,400 as a result of their actions. The demolition began in January 2015 and was stopped in April of the same year after authorities detected asbestos inside the facility. Agents from the Department of Environmental Protection later discovered Unis violated asbestos removal regulations. The company’s owners, identified as Joan Unis and Ralph Unis, were also identified as defendants in the lawsuit.

Such negligence, unfortunately, can cause fatal illnesses linked to asbestos exposure. However, if you or a loved one developed a respiratory illness as the result of someone else’s negligence with asbestos, a lawyer can help you obtain compensation. Fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a representative about your case.

Pennsylvania company fined $490K for violating asbestos law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an insulation company in York, PA for willfully violating asbestos law, ABC 27 News stated on April 23.

According to reports First Capital Insulation Inc. is being ordered to a pay penalty of $490,000 after allegations that they allowed their three workers to be exposed to asbestos while extracting thermal pipe insulation from a Harrisburg house built in 1928. OSHA told reporters that companies should take special precautions against asbestos exposure when working on thermal pipe insulations in establishments built several decades ago. OSHA agents also found that the company failed to check the proper fitting of their workers’ respirators.

Sadly many workers suffer from fatal respiratory illness called mesothelioma as a result of their employers’ negligence in protecting them from being exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been harmed by wrongful asbestos exposure, it may be wise to get in touch with a skilled attorney of the Mesothelioma Resource Center. Learn more about how a member of our legal team can help you obtain both financial compensation and justice by filling out the contact form a the top of this page.

86% of schools in UK contaminated with asbestos

An alarming 86% of UK schools reportedly are contaminated with asbestos, possibly putting students and school staff members at risk for developing respiratory illnesses, industrytoday.co.uk reported on March 12.

The data requested by “Asbestos in Schools Group” revealed that asbestos is present in 9 out of 10 schools. Mesothelioma, a cancer developed from asbestos exposure, has killed 158 teachers over the last decade. Certain areas in schools were found to be more likely to contain asbestos dust, like in boiler rooms. Group campaigner Michael Lees, whose wife also died of Mesothelioma, continuously advocates for asbestos awareness. Experts in UK stressed the importance of having a management plan to safely remove asbestos minerals in schools.

Asbestos contamination in American premises is also putting people at risk of developing cancers that affect the respiratory system. If you or someone you know has been harmed by asbestos exposure and  you want to learn more about your legal recourse, fill out the contact form on the top of this page.

Hundreds of people in Sunshine North concerned about asbestos testing

Over 200 people in Sunshine North suburb recently sought to recuperate expenses they had to pay out-of-pocket to test their homes for asbestos contamination, the Herald Sun reported on October 20.

Sunshine North residents are urging the Brimbank Council and the State Government to reimburse the $300 they paid for the asbestos testing of their houses. Various health officials on October 19 were in the town to address concerns from residents. People in the area were angry upon learning that their community was contaminated with asbestos for decades without being detected until resident began to get sick. Some people in the area reportedly died from respiratory illnesses due to asbestos inhalation from an old concrete plant.

When your lungs are exposed to even low levels of asbestos, fatal illnesses may develop. However, if you suspect that you inhaled asbestos and negligent parties are responsible, a legal counsel may work for you. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about the dangers of asbestos and how a lawyer may possibly help you secure your much needed treatment funds.

Retired man discovers lung damage from asbestos exposure

In Australia, a former council worker recently discovered that his prolonged asbestos exposure while working at a council building over 20 years ago caused his lungs to develop plaque, Lakes Mail reported on May 21.

Retired Rathmines man Noel Emerton, 68, recently found out that the old building he worked at was filled with asbestos sheeting. His subsequent chest x-ray revealed the lung damage. Emerton fears that his former co-workers at the storage facility in Stilling Street may also have the condition. Although authorities confirmed that the establishment where Emerton used to work was lined with asbestos, they stated that the workplace is now safe. Emerton insisted that other former workers should be notified, so they know to undergo checkups to find out if they have also been affected by exposure.

Learn important information about asbestos exposure by filling out the contact form on the top of this page. Find out the dangers asbestos, and how you may be helped if you already suffer from a health condition.

Washington Department of Corrections fined for asbestos violations

The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently ordered to pay a fine for allegedly exposing inmate workers to asbestos minerals, a Northwest Public Radio article stated on April 23.

Although the original fine was $140,000, the settlement between the DOC and The Department of Labor and Industries cut that amount in half. The settlement also dictated that the DOC must properly train nearly 1,000 employees on how to safely work with asbestos. Investigations by the Department of Labor and Industries revealed that the DOC put inmate workers at risk by allowing them to sweep asbestos-laden tile floors and also did not enforce the use of respirators while on the job. The DOC admitted no guilt and denied that employees or inmates were unsafely exposed to asbestos dust.

Find out more information about asbestos and the serious health problems exposure to it may cause by filling out the contact form on the top of this page. By doing so, you can learn how to get help if you have been exposed to asbestos.

Natural asbestos fibers found in Southern Nevada

A group of geologists from the University of Nevada have discovered natural asbestos fibers in the southern part of Nevada, an article from the Law Vegas-Review Journal stated on December 25. The possibly toxic minerals were found in the rocks and dusts in Boulder City going to Las Vegas Valley.

The discovery of the natural asbestos in the area was a breakthrough according to geology professor Brenda Buck. Professor Buck got asbestos fibers on her shoes and pants after riding her horse for several hours in Boulder City. Fellow geologist Rodney Metcalf, who does not want to down play the asbestos discovery issue, said that Boulder City is situated in a place where asbestos minerals developed million of years ago.

Being exposed to asbestos fibers can cause life-threatening respiratory illnesses, among other problems. To learn more about this dangerous substance and/or get support if you have been exposed to it, fill out the form on this page.

Dangerous asbestos discovered in many UK dorms

According to a report by The Guardian, a large number of university dormitories in the U.K. dangerously expose their students to asbestos. An estimated 17,000 students are being threatened by potential asbestos exposure, which can cause Mesothelioma.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which was deeply alarmed by the situation, has called on the government to conduct a nationwide audit of all existing school dorms with asbestos materials in floors, insulation, and ceilings for its immediate removal.

Based on the results of a questionnaire given by The Guardian to 88 universities, 38 allowed students to be in rooms with asbestos. The University of Warwick topped the schools with the highest number of rooms with asbestos.

To learn more about how mesothelioma cancer can develop because of exposure to asbestos, fill out the contact form on this page.

Fears regarding Wisconsin Assembly Bill 19

A bill proposed in Wisconsin has received flak from its critics due to their allegations that such a proposal can cause the lengthening of asbestos-caused mesothelioma claims cases, essentially disabling the ability of courts to award victims before their conditions worsen or they die.

Assembly Bill 19, introduced by DePere State Rep. Andre Jacque, provides discovery and scheduling requirements for a plaintiff filing a personal injury case. The bill mandates that a plaintiff should make it known to a court that he or she is filing a case, with the case only moving forward if the court has decided that there is enough proof of claim. Jacque said the bill is designed to prevent attorneys from “seeking additional awards beyond what fair compensation might be.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard arguments both for and against the bill on Thursday, April 4.

To learn more about asbestos and mesothelioma or to get support if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get in touch with someone who can help by filling out the contact form.

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