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NIOSH study finds higher cancer rates in firefighters

Excessive mesothelioma cases linked to asbestos exposure
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A combined population of 30,000 firefighters from three large cities had higher rates of several types of cancers, and of all cancers combined, than the U.S. population as a whole, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and colleagues found in a new study.


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No “wet” methods, PPE in asbestos removal

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OSHA has cited an asbestos remediation company for nine alleged violations of safety and health standards -- including one willful – related to its removal of roofing material containing asbestos. Lorice Enterprises LLC of Albany, N.Y. faces a total $83,300 in proposed fines.


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Aging water pipes expose U.S. workers to asbestos

No PPE for Houston workers cutting into asbestos-containing pipes
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While repairing water mains in 2011, workers in Houston were not informed that the pipes they were dealing with were composed of 35 percent asbestos. They were not provided with personal protective equipment needed for handling asbestos.


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NY Islanders hockey team coliseum cited for asbestos, other hazards

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The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island – which hosts the home rink for the New York Islanders hockey team – has exposed its workers to asbestos, electrical and chemical hazards, according to OSHA.


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Employees exposed to asbestos at a San Antonio worksite

No respiratory protection, no protective clothing
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OSHA has cited seven construction companies – three Miami-based contractors and four San Antonio-based subcontractors – with 45 serious and one other-than-serious violation for exposing workers to asbestos hazards at a San Antonio construction work site. Proposed penalties total $148,000.


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Worker threatened, harassed after complaining about asbestos hazards

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An employee who reported improper asbestos removal practices was fired and subjected to verbal threats and legal action, according to OSHA, which conducted a whistleblower investigation into the case.


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No asbestos PPE for workers at West Virginia College

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OSHA has cited Sodexho Inc. with safety and health violations – 12 of them serious – found while maintenance workers removed asbestos at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi. OSHA initiated an inspection March 8 in response to a complaint. Proposed fines total $81,000.


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International coalition calls for global asbestos ban

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Epidemiologists and other health experts from more than 20 countries are calling for a global ban on the mining, use and export of all forms of asbestos because exposure to the toxic chemical causes mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestiosis.


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Illegal asbestos removal gets Illinois man ten years in prison

Asbestos was placed in plastic garbage bags and dumped in a field
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An Illinois man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009.


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Asbestos, shift work boost work-related cancer deaths in Britain

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A new study finds that 5 percent of all cancer deaths in Britain – approximately 8,000 deaths each year --are linked to occupations, particularly those where asbestos, diesel engine fumes or shift work is involved.


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