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Canadian Labour Congress urges ban on importation of asbestos

The Canadian Labour Congress is advocating a total ban on asbestos importation because asbestos exposure is among the main causes of workplace fatalities across the country, a December 7 article of CBC News reported. Though Canada stopped exporting the hazardous mineral in 2011 and stopped the asbestos mining operations the following year, the imported asbestos used in […]

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The types of asbestos

Asbestos is naturally occurring mineral beneath the earth and though it primarily consists of oxygen and silicon, these microscopic fibers may also combine with other elements. Asbestos is categorized into two main types based on the appearance of fibers when viewed under a microscope: The asbestos is classified as “chrysotile” when its fibers are intertwined […]

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$12.5M awarded to family who blames asbestos for death of relative

A jury in Manhattan recently decided to award $12.5 million to a family whose loved one died of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, a November 4 article of New York Post reported. According to reports, relatives of George Cooney reportedly claimed asbestos exposure in the workplace was to blame for the lung cancer that […]

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Asbestos-laden debris scattered near children’s park in UK

Residents near a children’s park in Lancaster Way, United Kingdom were recently warned after bags of debris that may possibly contain hazardous asbestos were scattered in the area, an article of Birmingham Mail reported on August 22. According to reports the Solihull Council deployed its asbestos crews after 30-year-old Aaron Bradley posted photos of the […]

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Mesothelioma lawsuits rampant in Madison County

A July 9 article of Alton Daily News revealed that Madison County in Illinois has the most mesothelioma cancer and asbestos exposure lawsuits in the entire country. A report issued by a consulting company revealed that in 2015 almost half of the mesothelioma lawsuits filed nationwide were filed in Madison County. According to a watchdog lawyer group in Illinois, […]

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How to prevent mesothelioma in the workplace

Mesothelioma is a kind of respiratory cancer that is often aggressive and fatal in nature. Though there are possible medications and surgical procedures to suppress the cancer cells that develop in the respiratory lining, mesothelioma has no definite cure. Families may consider employing the following tips to help prevent the disease. First, try to find out if asbestos […]

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Asbestos detected in Ohio school after demolition

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ohio recently confirmed that asbestos were present after a demolition in August was conducted in a school in Conneaut, an article from Star Beacon reported on September 11. Reports said the EPA was not notified prior to the demolition conducted at Amboy Elementary School. After confirming asbestos was present […]

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Asbestos found in Ohio school auditorium

District school board members in Ohio were notified that the old auditorium at Orange High School contained asbestos, an article of reported on August 11. Reports said asbestos was found in the ceiling of the 8,800 square-foot facility before conducting a demolition job. Orange Superintendent Ed Holland notified the school board regarding asbestos and […]

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Asbestos found in various children’s products

An American environmental group recently released a report revealing children’s products that are contaminated with asbestos, a July 8 article on CNN reported. Consumers were advised to refrain from buying certain products of crayons and some toys after the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund confirmed in laboratory testing that the products contained asbestos. The EWG […]

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Majority of UK schools contain asbestos

Local reports recently revealed that almost 9 out of 10 schools in the United Kingdom contained asbestos, a March 12 article of reported. The data reportedly was requested by Michael Lees, an active member of  the“Asbestos in Schools” group. Asbestos related cancer had killed 158 teachers in the UK over the last decade. Lees’s […]

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