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Is asbestos not a problem of the past?

There are still serious cases of asbestos contamination that are found in public buildings today.

Just under a month ago pupils had to be moved out of a school in Wales after browns asbestos fibres were discovered in air within the school during a structural survey.

As a result the school was closed down permanently. All other schools in Wales were also ordered to undergo air testing on a routine basis.

This would indicate that asbestos is not just a problem of the industrial past and continuing awareness of its dangers still remains necessary.

November 10, 2012 at 9:00 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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Pay out after asbestos related death

A Somerset woman is to recieve £290,000 in compensation from Bristol Water following her husband’s death from cancer, which alledgedly has been proven to be linked with asbestos exposure. David Bean, from Shepton Mallet, had worked for the company as an engineer.

It was revealed that he had no protection when visiting pumping stations which had been housing boilers that were covered with asbestos cement lagging.

Bristol Water said “stringent safety measures” had now been introduced for staff working with asbestos.

May 18, 2012 at 2:13 am | Mesothelioma |
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Builder fined for asbestos risk due to negating to carry-out an asbestos survey

A self-employed builder has been fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out an asbestos survey

Stuart Pearson was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Guildford Magistrates’ Court for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations between 20 April and 1 May 2011.

The court was told that he had been employed to carry out the demolition of a house in Woking, Surrey, before ground works were laid for a new property.

He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500.

May 2, 2012 at 8:10 am | Asbestos Services |
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Government cuts for asbestos related compensation claims

Workers with illnesses linked to asbestos are dying without compensation due to cutbacks put in place by the Government.

A new law to speed up compensation by letting sufferers claim from their employers’ insurers was agreed two years ago.

However, that new law will not come into force until – at the earliest – 2013, thanks to “shrinking departmental resources” at the Ministry of Justice.

In the three-year delay almost 15,000 people with debilitating diseases such as mesothelioma could die, the Health and Safety Executive has predicted.

Compensation lawyer Chris Shaw said: “The Government needs to rethink its decision. Many of these people do not have the luxury of being able to wait. It’s a disgrace.”

A new Ministry of Justice report said that tackling the severe economic situation meant “very worthwhile but less immediately pressing law reform projects have, in some cases, been delayed.”

April 19, 2012 at 1:07 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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Demolition of Terry’s chocolate factory includes asbestos removal

It has been revealed that asbestos has been found during the demolition of Terry’s chocolate factory in York.

York’s chocolate-making heritage is being knocked down to make way for a proposed £165 million redevelopment of the site, though that is now in doubt.

Bulldozers have moved in to knock down non-listed buildings on the site of the former Terry’s factory onBishopthorpe Road.

The demolition was originally expected to pave the way for the start of work on a scheme to create hundreds of homes, two hotels, shops, bars and restaurants for the area.

During the work, in which the original fixtures and fittings are being stripped out, harmful asbestos was discovered.

This means lengthy asbestos removal is required to complete the job.

April 13, 2012 at 6:48 am | Asbestos Removal |
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Asbestos removal required following dangerous football club find

Harmful asbestos has been found on land next door to a football club in Hampshire and those respo0nsible for the land have been seeking asbestos removal specialists.

It has been revealed through an investigation that an area of potential public open space beside the new home of AFC Totton is contaminated with two types of asbestos, that is proven to cause cancer.

It is thought to have been dumped on the site in Salisbury Road, Totton, by fly-tippers who illegally disposed of construction waste.

A report commissioned by council chiefs says some of the fragments and fibres found on the land are brown asbestos – one of the most dangerous forms of the substance.

The report also said: “Asbestos was detected in many locations across the site and one may presume that fly-tipping was widespread. It’s not possible to say that any part of the site is free from contamination.”

Totton and Ealing Town Council is now calling for the removal of asbestos on the land to make it safe for residents.

April 11, 2012 at 2:54 am | Asbestos Removal |
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Greater risk of heart disease for asbestos removal workers

Research has found that those exposed to asbestos in their jobs are at a significantly greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.

It is already common knowledge that asbestos removal workers are prone to serious lung diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, due to their exposure to asbestos fibres.

In the latest study, scientists analysed the cause of death among nearly 100,000 asbestos workers.  The research team compared the number of deaths from stroke and heart attacks between 1971 and 2005 against the number that would be expected to occur in the general population.

15,557 people died from all causes during the study period.  Strokes accounted for just over 1,000 deaths, while heart disease the reason behind another 4,000.

They found that, based on the standardised mortality ratios, asbestos workers were significantly more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than the general population, even after taking account of smoking.

There was also some evidence that the longer someone was exposed to asbestos, the more likely they are to die from heart disease, even after taking account of smoking.

The research, carried out by the Mathematical Sciences Unit at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire, is published online in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.

April 9, 2012 at 3:31 am | Asbestos Removal |
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Asbestos Removal Luton – Council Have a Plan of Action

Luton Borough council claim to have carried out non destructive surveys, on nearly 10% of all their properties in a hope to identify the locations of any asbestos based materials.

They have carried out asbestos reports on most dwellings and were asbestos has been found in one type of property it is assumed all properties are the same.

The council carry out annual reports and manage and remove were appropriate, asbestos removal Luton council will only remove when necessary.

If you have a council property you can contact them for more details, if you have a privately owned property then you can call to have your property surveyed.

March 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Asbestos Infomation |
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Asbestos Removal Oxford – Oxford Scientists Developing Clearer Tests for Mesothelioma

 

Scientists in Oxford University have had a brake through in developing tests which will detect Mesothelioma Cancers

Because the cancer can develop anything up to 8-15 years later after exposure, leaving the infected with a limited life expectancy.

The test is set to detect levels of protein in the fluid around the lung.

 

 

Dr Paul Beckett, British Thoracic Society “A simple test which can exclude the diagnosis without resort to more invasive methods would be welcomed

Asbestos Removal Oxford welcomes any news were early detection of any asbestos related disease, this will only help in the fight to fight this horrible disease.

March 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Asbestos Infomation |
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Asbestos Removal Cardiff- HSE Fine Property Manager

The HSE have fined a property manager for failing to manage the risk of asbestos in one of his properties.

The Court heard how the property developer rented the property out in 2008 after purchasing in 2007, but when asked to provide an asbestos survey to an insurance company for an insurance claim he was unable to do so.

The HSE got involved and an investigation was carried out, the findings were that there was a risk of exposure to asbestos due to the condition of the asbestos. They found that the property developer was guilty of not taking the appropriate steps to identify asbestos and manage the potential risk in this commercial building.

HSE fined him £12,000.00 after he pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was also ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

If you have a commercial property you should always make sure you manage your asbestos the a management report you don’t need to have Asbestos Removal Cardiff  but you should manage its condition.

March 6, 2012 at 9:59 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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