Discovery of Asbestos during Renovation of St. Louis Gateway Arch Museum Halts Work, Many Workers Exposed

Last November, workers participating in the renovation project for the museum below St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch discovered that they had cut into asbestos in the insulation surrounding an old steam pipe. When park officials and the contracting company learned … Continue reading

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Poisoned with Hugs: Woman’s Mesothelioma Death Sheds Light on Secondary Asbestos Exposure

A recent story out of England draws attention to a little-known danger to families of individuals who work with asbestos: secondary asbestos exposure. A woman’s daughter is suing her father’s former employer, claiming that exposure to asbestos brought home on … Continue reading

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Highway Department Workers Confront New York Town after Working with Asbestos with no Protection

A group of five workers from the Alexandria (New York) Highway Department attended a Town Council meeting last night to raise the alarm about being forced to work in an area known to be contaminated with asbestos without proper protection. … Continue reading

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Family of Janitor awarded $650,000 in Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

The family of a man who died from mesothelioma in July was recently awarded $650,000 in a settlement from Yellowstone County after he was exposed to asbestos working as a janitor at the county courthouse. According to the Billings Gazette, … Continue reading

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Workers May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos at NASA Site

At least four employees who work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California may have been recently exposed to asbestos. The Pasadena Star News reports that four employees who worked on the third floor of Building 230 … Continue reading

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Syracuse Environmental Lab fined $400K for Airborne Asbestos

A Syracuse, New York environmental laboratory was recently fined $409,830 after being found guilty of releasing asbestos into the air. According to Syracuse.com, U.S. District Judge David Hurd ordered the fine for Certified Environmental Services, Inc. (CES) and also placed … Continue reading

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Emergency Workers may have been exposed to Asbestos at Alaska School Fire

The City Manager of a town in Alaska is warning emergency workers that they may have been exposed to asbestos while responding to a fire at a local school earlier this month. The Alaska Dispatch News states that Bethel, Alaska … Continue reading

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Oregon Realtor Convicted of Criminal Asbestos Violations

A real-estate agent from Lake Oswego, Oregon who had no criminal history is now facing significant fines, probation, and 80 hours of community service after hiring unqualified workers to remove asbestos from a property. According to OregonLive, William Gaffney was … Continue reading

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Whistleblower sounds alarm on lax Asbestos Protections at Texas VA Hospital

Earlier this month, federal investigators confirmed multiple claims from a whistleblower who alerted the government to repeated failures to protect workers from asbestos exposure at a VA hospital in Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Office of Special … Continue reading

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FDA concerned about Asbestos in Talc since 1976

Recently, investigations showed that talc used in children’s products including crayons and crime lab investigation kit toys was contaminated with asbestos, a mineral which has been labeled a known carcinogen by multiple international organizations and which is the only known … Continue reading

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