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June 2012 Archives

Asbestos awareness vital in preventing mesothelioma

States in the U.S., including Virginia, are lacking the awareness of asbestos and the relation to mesothelioma. According to a UK survey taken by the British Lung Foundation, roughly 67 percent of 2,000 residents admitted they would not know asbestos if they saw it, while only about 22 percent said they had known asbestos was banned by law.

Job-related cancers cause death to 8,000 workers in the UK

Asbestos-related illnesses are not isolated to jobs in the United States. Worldwide, the toxic substance is causing cancer and lung diseases. We have previously discussed that workers in certain dustries are much more likely to develop these diseases, but a recent study into workplace asbestos exposure gives more insight into this troubling trend.

The crumbling effects of exposure to friable asbestos

One of the main sources of asbestos exposure is building materials. Despite the fact that many people knew that asbestos was a health hazard long ago, companies all over the world continued to manufacture products that contained asbestos. From insulation to car brakes, the products continued to be available to the public for decades.

Another lawsuit filed against BNSF railway

You may think you've heard this story before. A railroad company that is sued for exposing workers to asbestos is not an isolated incident. Sadly, because of the extreme levels of exposure and negligence in the industry historically, many workers are only now seeing the damage that was done to them. In another class action lawsuit, BNSF Railway is being sued by former railroad workers who developed serious lung diseases while on the job.

First responders on 9/11 suffering serious health problems

Over ten years ago, tens of thousands of men and women raced into the crumbling World Trade Center to find victims and start cleaning up the damage. Day after day, these first responders worked tirelessly to clean up the site. Sadly, this daily work at the collapsed towers meant that all the men and women were breathing in 2,000 tons of asbestos per day. Now, studies are showing that many of them are in the early stages of cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

Diesel fumes may be as deadly asbestos exposure

For decades now, it has been known that certain jobs and industries put workers in danger of being exposed to asbestos. People in the Navy, construction workers, plumbers, railroad employees and mechanics are among those jobs that put workers at risk. Now, however, truckers and others in the auto industry may be added to that list. A recent announcement explains that diesel exhaust is as dangerous and carcinogenic asbestos.

Finding the link between taconite and mesothelioma

People who live in the Iron Range of Minnesota may be disheartened by recent research into why so many of them are dying from mesothelioma. The study has confirmed that residents in the area are at a much higher risk of developing the fatal disease, but so far, they are unable to confirm why this is. They do know that mesothelioma is only caused by exposure to certain airborne fibers such asbestos. Finding this link in the Iron Range, therefore, is critical.

Maryland sets a new standard for asbestos violations

We previously noted that cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are expected to peak in the next eight years. This is because up until the 1980s, people were regularly exposed to asbestos and it can take about 40 years for symptoms to develop. Since the 1980s, however, states have started to hold companies responsible for using or manufacturing asbestos products or for the careless removal asbestos.

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