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Mesothelioma – It’s Not Just an American Problem

We’ve all been inundated with news regarding asbestos, lawsuits, liability, mesothelioma, lung cancer and several other issues that have been tied with this once-prevalent substance that’s been used in several manners over the years. However, something else is happening in regards to mesothelioma, and that’s the proliferation of the asbestos issue around the rest of the world. The United States was not the only country that used asbestos in building materials and the like over the years, and below are a few excerpts from news stories across the globe that cover this issue.

Russia

Russia is the world’s leading producer of asbestos, and this is a country that is far from pleased in regards to the policies that are popping up in regards to its removal from markets. Some of the quotes that appear in an article that ran recently on AFP.com are nothing short of stunning:

“It’s just a PR campaign when they say that asbestos can kill,” said Viktor Ivanov, head of the Chrysotile Association, an industry group based in the Russian town of Asbestos in the Ural mountains region.

Yevgeny Kovalevsky, a forum delegate from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “For the general population, there aren’t significant risks… I haven’t seen a single scientific study that shows the need for a ban.”

Bahrain

It appears that this country’s government is also getting tough with companies who are not handling the asbestos issue properly:

“The quantity of potentially lethal asbestos removed from companies and dumped at Hafira topped 16.25 cubic metres, it was revealed.

A notice has been issued against a company for removing asbestos without notifying the directorate.”

England

The BBC has given quite a bit of coverage to the asbestos issue, and a recent article detailed the discovery of this substance in an elementary school:

“The asbestos was discovered during maintenance work on the school during the summer holidays. The 190 pupils will be taught in temporary classrooms.

The Health and Safety Executive said asbestos remained the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in Britain.”

As you see, the rest of the world, other than Russia it seems, is taking notice of the problems that asbestos present. The samplings we’ve shown you above are just that – a small sample. Asbestos does remain a prevalent legal issue in the United States, and if you’ve been harmed as a result of asbestos exposure, you need to contact the asbestos lawyers at Williams Hart today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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