Monthly Archives: October 2016

Asbestos found near Eastenders set

The recent discovery of asbestos near to Elstree Studios, where Eastenders and Holby City is filmed, caused concern for the cast’s health and safety earlier this week. Reports in the press claimed they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres and dust, but this was quickly denied by the BBC. Fibre optic cables were being […]

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Asbestos, Donald Trump, and the Mafia conspiracy

According to Donald Trump, asbestos has had a “bad rap” and the Twin Towers wouldn’t have collapsed if they had contained more of the substance. This belief is worrying on many levels, not least because this person may soon be leader of the free world. The dangers of asbestos are indisputable and warnings are backed […]

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Clydebank named asbestos capital 20 years ago

In 1996, Clydebank was given the title of Britain’s ‘asbestos capital’ due to the area’s prolific shipbuilding industry and heavy industrial past. In the same year, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures showed the mortality rate in the area was 11 times higher than the national average. Clydebank also suffered the most deaths from mesothelioma […]

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UK firm develops asbestos warning device

The dangers of breathing in airborne asbestos fibres have been well-documented, but a new device which warns of the presence of asbestos in the air is set to mitigate some of these risks when it becomes commercially available. Alert Technology Ltd of Paignton, South Devon, has developed a portable machine that assesses whether or not […]

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Gardens contaminated by white asbestos

Residents in a village near Leicester have appealed to the local council to take action over asbestos contamination in their gardens. The contamination incident happened when the roofs of several lock-up garages nearby were jet-washed in April this year. A nearby railway embankment was also affected, but Network Rail acted quickly to remove the asbestos […]

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WW2 artefact causes asbestos concern for BBC

A World War Two gas mask shown on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow contained lethal asbestos in its filter, according to news reports this week. Health and safety groups said the BBC should have included a warning on the programme, to highlight the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos Heritage campaigner, Sarah Walters, expressed her dismay at the […]

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Is fracking the new asbestos?

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans to frack for shale gas at a site in Lancashire. The proposals were originally rejected by Lancashire County Council, and the government’s decision has caused anger and dismay amongst anti-fracking campaigners in the area. Concerns for the health of those living close to fracking sites, as well as […]

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