Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dangers of asbestos in the automotive industry

Construction is widely thought of as the main industry to be affected by exposure to asbestos. The substance was widely used in the building of residential and commercial properties during the 1960s onwards, until its ban in the UK in 1999. But the vehicle industry has also seen numerous incidences of asbestos-related disease among its […]

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The dangers of asbestos in soil and made ground

The risk to public health from asbestos comes not only from inside our homes and commercial buildings. The presence of asbestos in the soil poses a significant risk to anyone involved in the construction of new housing developments, as well as to those who purchase new-build properties – particularly those built on brown field sites. […]

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The race to find a cure for mesothelioma

Research into a cure for mesothelioma has received a boost from a long-term survivor of the disease in Australia. The common prognosis of months rather than years has not come true in the case of Barry Knowles, a former builder, who has defied medical predictions and lived with the disease for six years. Mesothelioma is […]

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Almost 700 council sites in Worcestershire contain asbestos

An astonishing number of sites and buildings in Worcestershire contain asbestos, according to recent news reports. A total of 699 council buildings are on the register for ‘known asbestos’ including schools, libraries and offices owned or run by Worcestershire council – even smallholdings and caravan sites are included. This amounts to nearly half of their […]

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