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Articles for 'asbestos'

NIOSH Recommendations for Limiting Potential Exposures of Workers to Asbestos Associated with Vermiculite from Libby, Montana

 Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when rapidly heated. Expanded vermiculite is used in construction and consumer materials (e.g., loose-fill insulation, acoustic finishes, spray-on insulation, and concrete mixes for swimming pools), agricultural and horticultural products (e.g., potting mixes and soil conditioners) and in industrial products (e.g., brake shoes and pads, drilling muds, furnaces, and insulation blocks). Expanded vermiculite granules are shaped like small accordions, and vary in color from silver/gold to gray/brown.

The Hatch Asbestos Compensation Bill is Unfair to Workers

 Asbestos compensation legislation introduced by Senator Hatch is a regressive measure that relieves manufacturers, employers and insurers of liability and fails to provide fair compensation to victims of asbestos disease.

Labor Calls Senator Hatch’s Asbestos Bill Too Weak

The AFL-CIO is deeply disappointed by Senator Orrin Hatch’s decision to introduce a weak asbestos bill at this time, when negotiations between the interested parties were continuing. The business and insurance communities had promised to make a new offer to the AFL-CIO in negotiations today, but announced this morning that they have been instructed by Senator Hatch to cease their private negotiations with the labor movement. 

National Consumer Awareness Campaign Launched on Vermiculite Insulation Used in Some Home Attics

 The federal government today launched a national consumer awareness campaign to provide homeowners with important information on vermiculite attic insulation, which may contain asbestos. This new campaign, coordinated by EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), instructs homeowners on how to identify vermiculite attic insulation and recommends that people make every effort to not disturb it. Since some vermiculite attic insulation can contain very low levels of microscopic asbestos fibers, it is important that consumers are aware of the precautions they can take to protect against disturbing and inhaling the asbestos fibers.

Mesothelioma Deaths Up 3 Fold in Great Britain

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated statistics on work related mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain. The statistics show how the risk of death from mesothelioma for different occupational groups compares to the average risk for all occupations together. 

Workers’ Compensation News - May 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 10

Medical Expenses Continue to Soar in Workers' Compensation Claims.

Workers’ Compensation News - May 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 9

Asbestos Verdict in California Case Worries Insurers A jury verdict in California may lead to a wave of new asbestos litigation that would greatly increase costs for insurance companies,industry experts and plaintiffs' lawyers said yesterday.  

North American Refractory Company Asbestos/Vermiculite Containing Products

North American Refractory Company Asbestos Containing Products

North American Refractories/ Honeywell Asbestos Settlement - Settlement Agreement

 North American Refractories - settlement agreement

North American Refractories/Honeywell Asbestos Settlement - Work Sites

 List of Approved Job Sites for North American Refractories.

Timeline of Asbestos Regulatory and Legislative Activities

1900 Asbestos recognized as a cause of occupational disease (asbestosis) in Charing Cross Hospital, London. A presumptive connection is established.
1918 Insurance companies, including Prudential, refuse to sell insurance to asbestos workers.

Asbestos Ban Recommended by US Geological Survey

 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls asbestos “a commercial designation for any mineral products composed of strong and flexible fibers, resistant to heat, corrosion, abrasion, and that can be woven.” Despite all of these remarkable properties, known since the time of Aristotle, controversy has followed asbestos due to numerous and well-documented adverse health effects. Various federal and state agencies and private sector organizations grapple with continuing public health concerns, such as the legacy of the Libby, Montana vermiculite mine, possible asbestos risks from the World Trade Center collapse and other related issues. They also continue to address current developments regarding the safety and efficacy of substitutes.

An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

Workers' Compensation News - April 6, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 5

 LOZANO v. FRANK DE LUCA CONSTRUCTION,--Appellate Division, A-2730- 01TI, March 27, 2003, not approved for publication. Denial of the petitioner mason's motion for medical and temporary disability benefits for injuries that he sustained while driving a go-cart when he was working for the respondent construction company affirmed; the petitioner was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was "engaged in a recreational activity that did not arise out of or in the course of his employment"; moreover, the findings of the judge of compensation were supported by substantial and credible evidence.

Congoleum Corporation Seeks to Resolve Asbestos Liability

Congoleum Corp. (CGM) plans to seek bondholder approval to help resolve its asbestos liabilities. Congoleum Corp. (CGM) traces its history in the flooring business to Nairn Linoleum Co., which began operations in 1886. The company produces both sheet and tile floor covering products, with a wide variety of product features, designs and colors. Sheet flooring, in its predominant construction, is produced by applying a vinyl gel to a flexible felt, printing a design on the gel, applying a wearlayer, heating the gel layer sufficiently to cause it to expand into a cushioned foam, and, in some products, adding a high-gloss coating.

Workers’ Compensation News - March 30, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 4
 ** NJ Unpublished decisions HUDAK v. SCHULLER INTERNATIONAL, INC., Appellate Division, A-2661-01T3, March 25, 2003, not approved for publicati...
Asbestos Claimants Reach $200 Million Settlement With Corning
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced that it has reached agreement with the representatives of asbestos claimants for the settlement of all...
Workers' Compensation News - March 25, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 3

Taxability of Social Security / Workers' Compensation Reduction:--Social Security disability may be reduced for workers' compensation and other public disability benefits. Oddly, the amounts deducted are included as benefits received for purposes of income tax. In effect, state workers' 
compensation is rendered taxable in an amount equal to the Social Security reduction, but only to the extent that Social Security is taxable for the year. [I.R. Code §86(d)(3)]

Workers’ Compensation News - March 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 2

An action for retaliatory discharge is allowed when an employee has been discharged for filing a workers’ compensation claim: Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized a public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine to allow an action for retaliatory discharge when 
an employee has been terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim. 

 Workers can inadvertently carry hazardous materials home from work on their clothes, skin, hair, tools, and in their vehicles. As a result, families of these workers have been exposed to hazardous substances and have developed various health effects. Health effects have also occurred when the home and the workplace are not distinct -- such as on farms or in homes that involve cottage industries.

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