Monthly Archives: March 2016

Government funds research into mesothelioma

Government funding of £5 million will help to establish a mesothelioma research centre in the north-east of England, where thousands of workers in the shipbuilding industry were exposed to asbestos over a long period of time. North and South Tyneside were at the heart of a prolific shipbuilding industry, and the area’s population has paid […]

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Campaign groups warn about asbestos in schools

The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) is a group made up of trade unions in the education sector, and campaigns against the presence of asbestos in UK schools. Originally formed in 2010, their aim is to protect teachers, support staff and children attending school from the threat of asbestos. With the latency period for asbestos-related […]

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Was engineer exposed to asbestos via food?

It is thought that a man from Brechin could have been exposed to asbestos when dust and fibres landed in his food. Trevor Jones’ job as an engineer involved working with people who drilled through walls containing asbestos, prior to laying communication cables. His long career spanned over 50 years, but during that time a […]

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Why are asbestos surveys so important?

The importance of carrying out an asbestos survey was highlighted recently by a case in the north-east of England, where an independent building contractor was prosecuted for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012. Although aware that asbestos was a potential issue in the project, he failed to commission a survey to establish its presence […]

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Birds pecking at asbestos roof caused industrial illness

Anthony Jones was only 57 years old when he died from mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer attributed to asbestos exposure. An inquest in Gloucester concluded that industrial illness caused his death, after birds had pecked at the asbestos roof of his workplace for a prolonged period of time. Although not knowingly working with […]

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Asbestos awareness – what to do in an asbestos emergency

For tradespeople working on older buildings, whether it’s a one-off job or a long-term renovation project, it’s crucial to know what to do if asbestos dust and fibres are inadvertently released. When considering the potential dangers of breathing in asbestos, awareness training is all about avoiding the substance, protecting yourself and those around you by […]

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Asbestos found at former Kendal Mint Cake factory

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have halted work on the former Kendal Mint Cake factory because of asbestos debris. The site is currently undergoing redevelopment into residential housing, and is located within a busy area of the town. The danger is that asbestos fibres could be inhaled by workers and members of […]

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