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May 2014 Archives

Contractor goes to prison for asbestos violation

The owner of a South Carolina contracting firm has been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement in connection with the failure of his company to prevent asbestos fibers from being blown onto a nearby beach and private homes. The sentence is a powerful reminder that asbestos and asbestos-containing products continue to pose a serious health hazard.

Years may pass before damage from asbestos exposure manifests

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos is defined as being "naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion." Due to the accessibility and durability of asbestos, materials containing the minerals were and continue to be used in many building and automotive materials. As people became aware of the dangers related to the exposure and inhalation of asbestos, federal agencies such as OSHA took steps to protect workers.

Court sustains $5.5 million asbestos verdict for boiler worker

In a ruling that could help North Carolina residents who are suffering from mesothelioma recover damages from manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, a state appellate court affirmed a $5.5 million dollar verdict in favor of a plaintiff who alleged that on-the-job contact with asbestos during high school and college caused him to contract the lethal disease. The court rejected the argument of the product's manufacturer, Crane Company, that the plaintiff had failed to prove that he had come into contact with any of its asbestos-containing products.

Appeals court: Second-hand asbestos exposure case reinstated

There are many victims of asbestos-related illnesses who never had any direct contact with the toxic fiber. They never worked in an industrial plant, on a military ship or on construction sites where asbestos was often found in the air and on work materials. These victims are often the family members of a worker who did work in these environments and came home covered in asbestos particles. People inside the home were then at risk of suffering second-hand exposure to asbestos.

Report: Virtual support critical for mesothelioma victims

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a devastating experience for the approximately 2,500 people who are diagnosed every year in the United States and their families. This rare cancer affects people who have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos at work, in their home or in other environments where precautions were not taken to protect people from breathing in the toxic fiber.

Contractor illegally dumped asbestos-containing products

In a case with implications for North Carolina and every other state where older buildings are being renovated or demolished, a contractor has pleaded guilty to willfully lying about whether his employees violated the Clean Air Act.

Recent asbestos ruling proves to be quite upsetting for victims

According to studies conducted by the EWG Action Fund, about 10,000 people die every year as a result of an asbestos-related illness. Many of the people who get sick and die from exposure to asbestos are victims of inadequate employment practices that left workers without protection from the toxic fiber.

Fighting back against asbestos violations

When people learn that they or a loved one has been diagnosed with a disease caused by asbestos exposure, there are a number of difficult emotions that people experience. Many people are mad, afraid, shocked, sad and confused about what caused their illness and what the future looks like. It is, undoubtedly, an extremely upsetting situation in which too many victims and family members find themselves.

New study clarifies extent of asbestos exposure in causing cancer

A newly-released study provides much useful information for North Carolinians who may have been exposed to asbestos. In an article published in the Journal of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, two researchers found that the risk of contracting mesothelioma, lung cancer and laryngeal cancer increased as exposure to asbestos increased. The researchers also confirmed that the risk of contracting these types of cancers was higher for those persons with a smoking habit.

Study finds links between occupational work, smoking and asbestos

Learning that you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos can be devastating. No matter what level of exposure a person has had, he or she could be at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness. Sadly, people will not be able to find this out for years, as illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma generally several years or decades to start showing symptoms.

New study gives hope to mesothelioma victims

A new study of treatment results for abdominal cancer gives new hope to North Carolina residents. The study is based on twenty years of treatment data and gives hope to those who suffer from mesothelioma and other types of abdominal cancer. It was published by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, one of North Carolina's pre-eminent cancer treatment hospitals.

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