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Lawsuit claims Paterson schools negligently handled asbestos

A former Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Paterson has filed a lawsuit against her former employer due to concerns that asbestos was wrongfully handled in schools with nearly 30,000 students and staffs, an article of nj.com reported on December 7.

Brenda Zemo was relieved from her post after filing a complaint against her employer. In her lawsuit, Zemo claimed her superior, Executive Director Steve Morlino, was negligent and did not enlist qualified personnel when removing asbestos in school facilities. Zemo’s lawsuit then claimed that Morlino’s negligence resulted in several environmental violations, such as hiring unlicensed individuals to remove asbestos-laden debris.

Many families are left struggling when companies become negligent in handling asbestos removal in construction or renovation projects. Asbestos has been known to cause mesothelioma cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, find out what to do by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

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.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment option discovered in Vienna

Researchers in Vienna have discovered another option for treating malignant pleural mesothelioma, an article of News Medical reported on October 24.

According to reports, the rare type of cancer could be treated with the chemotherapy drug trabectedin. Researchers from Vienna General Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna found evidence of trabectedin’s effectiveness using an animal model and cell culture. There are approximately 90 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases in Austria every year, and many more will continue to suffer from the disease. The findings of the researchers were published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Asbestos exposure is often linked to malignant pleural mesothelioma and it is usually fatal in nature. Though there are treatment options available, they are often expensive, but an attorney can work for you to help you earn compensation for the costs. Learn more about your options from an asbestos legal counsel today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Asbestos testing firm in Wisconsin facing stiff fine from OSHA

An asbestos testing service provider based in Poynette was recently accused of committing 13 safety violations after five of their employees fell ill while working in a nursing home facility, a report of Channel 3000 stated on October 19.

Agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportedly discovered that A&A Environmental Services committed serious violations while their workers were renovating a nursing home in New Glarus. Workers in the area likely came into contact with high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) and asbestos, OSHA said. Reports revealed that the workers were not qualified to do the jobs because they were not trained in working with such hazards. If proven guilty of multiple violations, A&A will need to settle $243,716 worth of fines. OSHA has given them 15 days to either argue or settle the fine imposed on them.

Toxic minerals, such as asbestos, can cause serious illness to workers. If you believe you developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, a legal counsel should represent you. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page to learn more about your legal options.

Kaiser Gypsum to set up trust fund to handle pending asbestos claims

A North Carolina company facing thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits recently decided to create a “trust fund” to help them settle all pending claims, a report of mesothelioma.com said on October 4.

Reports said Kaiser Gypsum, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on September 30 in a federal court so they could eventually address the estimated 14,000 lawsuits filed against them by asbestos victims in the past years. The company, known for manufacturing various construction materials, was using “chrysotile asbestos” due to its effectiveness in strengthening their products. Since the 1970’s, there were over 38,000 lawsuits filed against Kaiser by people made ill as a result of asbestos exposure. As part of the bankruptcy, the company is expected to undergo reorganization by creating a “trust fund” for all the pending lawsuits. The company lost hundreds of millions worth of asbestos settlement, reports also said.

Asbestos exposure could result in fatal respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you accidentally inhaled asbestos, a legal counsel could help you figure out if can receive compensations you need for treatment. Simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with a lawyer.

City of Orlando avoided fines after asbestos exposure issue

A recent court hearing concluded that the Orlando Fire Department and the city will no longer need to settle fines in connection to an asbestos violation that resulted in the exposure of their crews, a September 13 article of WFTV9 reported.

According to reports, the fire department and the city of Orlando were asked to settle $25,000 for every asbestos violation after crews were exposed to asbestos in February at a training facility on Mercy Drive. Deputy Chief Gerald Lane said the recent hearing compelled the fire department to organize a training program to help improve their communication. Lane noted the fire department does not have any immunity from the affected fire crew members who wish to file damage claims, but he feels the case’s verdict was beneficial for everyone.

Asbestos is a fire-retardant mineral that has been banned due to its carcinogenic nature. People often suffer from a serious respiratory illness called mesothelioma after accidentally inhaling asbestos. However, if you believe unlawful asbestos exposure happened to you, seeking a lawyer’s help can also be a beneficial way to help you obtain compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Trash bags filled with asbestos illegally left near children’s park

A community in Lancaster Way in the U.K. faced a potential threat after someone illegally dumped trash bags containing cancer-causing asbestos particles near a children’s park. Authorities began investigating the mess after a concerned citizen took photos of the area and posted them on Facebook, an August 22 article of Birmingham Mail reported.

Reports said 30-year-old Aaron Bradley was heading to work when he noticed the rubble and trash bags illegally scattered on the roadside. Bradley, who suspected the bags may contain asbestos, reportedly took pictures of the area and uploaded them on Facebook to warn residents. Bradley’s post alerted the Solihull Council, prompting them to deploy crews to investigate the area. In one of the photos posted, the clear trash bags together with other rubble were seen a few meters away from a residential area. In a second photo, white particles were seen from a punctured trash bag.

According to Bradley, a child exposed to asbestos may be diagnosed with lung cancer after 15 years due to someone else’s negligence. In the U.S. alone, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos dust. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how a legal counsel may be able to work for you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Illinois company investigated for asbestos charges

Federal authorities are investigating an Albers-based construction company due to a suspicion that their business practices constituted “criminal activity,” an August 14 article of fox2now.com reported.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, federal prosecutors are investigating Kehrer Brothers Construction and Joseph Kehrer. The construction firm was accused of importing workers from Mexico to extract asbestos-laden materials from an old school in Okawville. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered the company to pay a $1.8 million fine last year after discovering that their workers did not wear protective equipment while handling asbestos. Legal counsel for Kehrer confirmed that the company is being investigated, but the firm denies criminal activity.

Workers are likely to suffer from a rare cancer called mesothelioma when asbestos particles permeate their lungs. Though the illness has no definite cure, there are various medications available for workers who are afflicted with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about the health hazards of asbestos and how an attorney may help you receive compensation, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Indiana postal service potentially exposed employees to asbestos

At least four citations were given to a U.S. Postal Service office in West Baden Springs due to allegations that an employee was exposed to hazardous asbestos dust at work, an August 8 article of Indiana Public Media reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a $49,720 fine to the postal service office to compensate for four alleged violations. The agency is charged with failure to clean asbestos-laden debris, failure to properly identify materials with asbestos, failure to train workers to become aware of asbestos hazards, and improper cleaning of asbestos-laden debris. OSHA said in June that a postal service office worker was exposed to tiles containing “15 percent chrysotile asbestos.”

Workers who have accidentally inhaled asbestos dust in the workplace are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which affects the lungs. Though this rare cancer is fatal in nature, there are medications available that can prolong the lives of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about asbestos hazards, feel free to fill out the contact form on this page.

450 workers in Australia claim asbestos exposure

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union in Australia estimated that 450 workers signed an asbestos register due to concerns that they came into contact with asbestos while working at Perth Children’s Hospital, WA News reported.

Roof drillers feared that they exposed workers to asbestos dust while drilling roof panels on July 11 after a “white substance” enveloped them at work. The premises was still accessible the following day as authorities tried to determine whether the white substance was asbestos. The government of Barnett had a contract with John Holland for the construction of the hospital facility. John Holland obtained their roof panels from the Chinese company Yuanda. Australian authorities are seeking an explanation from Yuanda as to why the white dust came from the panels. John Holland said they will individually meet with potentially exposed workers to obtain more information about the incident.

Workers are at a high risk of contracting a rare but fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma if they accidentally inhale asbestos dust in the workplace. Though the illness has no cure, seeking help from an attorney can be beneficial for patients who need medication funds to prolong their lives. Find out how an attorney could work for you by filling out the contact form on this page today.

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