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Australian Company Found Guilty for Negligently Exposing Workers to Asbestos
Former Whyalla shipyard worker William Parker was able to prove BHP Shipping knew the health risks of being exposed to asbestos in the 1970’s but failed to protect its workers from exposure. According to the article, BHP could now be hit with millions of dollars in punitive damages. The Supreme Court of South Australia awarded an additional $20,000 for exemplary damages to Parker under the state’s Dust Diseases Act. Nicola Berkoviv, The Australian 06/20/2012
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New Hampshire Property Owners Fined for Improper Asbestos Abatement
Property owners in Dover, N.H., were fined more than $100,000 for demolishing an asbestos-containing building without proper permits and asbestos abatement. According to court documents, the building owners were aware the building contained more than 7,000 sqft of asbestos materials; however they failed to follow protocol and demolished it anyway. The owners have agreed to pay all fines. Laurenne Ramsdell, Fosters Daily Democrat 06/16/2012
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Researchers in Britain Show Increase in Cancer Related Work Deaths
Researchers in Britain have found that there are now more than 8,000 cancer-related work deaths due to the exposure to deadly carcinogens such as asbestos and other air-borne toxic minerals. According to the article, asbestos is the most significant cause of cancer-related work deaths which makes up 70 percent of all reported work deaths. Dr. Lesley Rushton stated, “we hope these findings will help develop ways of reducing health

 

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