Please go to this link to listen to a very good conversation that informs and educates the general public to the asbestos issue we have today.
A St Louis jury has awarded more than $6 billion ($US4.7 billion) in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer, in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.
The jury announced the $5.6 billion ($US4.14 billion) award in punitive damages shortly after awarding $742 million ($US550 million) in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St Louis Circuit Court.
Johnson & Johnson called the verdict the result of an unfair process that allowed the women to sue the company in Missouri despite most of them not living in the state.
The company has said it would appeal, as it has in previous cases that found for women who sued the company – news item attributed to ABC news 13/7/2018
Recently ACV/GARDS crew did an asbestos awareness session to 160 apprentices at Federation Training Newborough – Boiler makers, mechanics, civil engineering, painting & decorating, carpentry etc. Great session – good questions from the apprentices and their trade teachers – the apprentices left the room with a better understanding of where asbestos can be found in their work places and in their home environment. They now know asbestos is not a thing of the past but something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives and make sure that they are cautious with what ever task they undertake – that they take every precaution to not allow themselves to be exposed to asbestos. Thanks goes to their trades teachers for also being a part of the session and contributing their knowledge and experience to the session. Big thank you to Davin for organising the session.
At the end of June our support group members had a day out and lunched together at the Darnum pub. We then were kindly invited back to one our members houses, Jenny, in Warragul for afternoon tea, where she had prepared for us scones jam and cream. It was a wonderful day for our members who enjoyed themselves immensely – thank you to all those who came and made the day a great success.
Case studies of asbestos water pipe management practices
A new report by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency examines six cases of rehabilitation of asbestos cement water and sewerage pipes in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, and identifies best practice for safe and effective management and removal.
With the cost of dealing with 40,000 kilometres of water mains pipes built using asbestos cement across Australia expected to significantly rise over the next 20 years, a clear nationally consistent approach to managing asbestos cement water mains is required.
The issue is most significant for Victoria, with around 70 per cent of the country’s asbestos cement water main pipes.
Please use this link to read the report online: https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au/research-publications/case-studies-asbestos-water-pipe-management-practices
31/5/2018 – It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to one of the good guys – Terry Miller OAM former President of the Asbestos Victims Association of SA passed away surrounded by his family. Terry had severe Asbestosis that he contracted working at the James Hardie pipe factory in Elizabeth West South Australia – conditions at the factory were awful according to Terry and he described coming home covered in asbestos dust, which stuck to his clothes, skin and hair. We first met Terry with the start of the James Hardie campaign back in 2004 – by then Terry had been a part of a small group that formed AVA in 2000. Our friendship grew over that time and we formed a strong bond that lasted the test of time. Many phone calls – many meetings and a lot of good will from our friendship with Terry and the AVA gang saw us united in changing the face of asbestos in Australia. Terry devoted himself to helping others as he knew only too well what this disease could do to you. He was a true blue Aussie and we will miss him very much. Our sincerest condolences go to his family, his children, Karen and Scott, two grandchldren and two great grandchildren. Terry may you RIP, your struggle is over mate and you did mighty effort. It was an honour and privilege to have known you and call you friend.
We were sad to be advised of Jock’s passing earlier this year, but feel very privileged to have known Jock and been able to spend time with him.
Jock visited us here in Gippsland in 2005 to hear our stories on asbestos and how it affected our community and the workers who were exposed to asbestos in our power stations and of course their families. Then later that year Vicki Hamilton CEO/Secretary travelled to Redfern in Sydney with Jock to catch up and visit with the last remaining families of those who were related to the 300 mine workers that made a living from the Baryulgil James Hardie Asbestos Mine. The plight of the asbestos mine workers, near Grafton was first broadcast on the ABC program called Broadband 30th of Sept 1977 by our other dear friend, Matt Peacock, who won second prize in the Sir William McKell award for environmental journalism. The programs were a part of an overall series on occupational health called “Work As a Health Hazard” designed to increase public awareness of the dangers, which are ever present at the workplace. Jock was always trying to help those who were marginalized in communities and this was just another story of workers exploited by companies – Jock had seen this sort of treatment to workers all over the world with asbestos and other mineral mining.
Vicki stated that she was very pleased to meet Ted Mundine, Elsie Gordon, Rita Freeburn, Lily & Chicka Madden and their granddaughters to hear their stories and to try and help where we could. It was a pleasure to meet such stoic people. For many years after that meeting we kept in touch.
Please read the attached Tribute to Jock McCulloch compiled by Gill Nelson – Editor-in –Chief, Occupational Health Southern Africa
23/5/2018 ACV/GARDS girls traveled to Leongatha Lions Club to speak with 26 of their members & make them asbestos aware – great bunch of members who made us feel very welcome – terrific questions – great night with much chatter around asbestos issues. We were very happy to meet everyone, we were asked to stay to dinner, which, by the way was absolutely scrumptious – thank you to all the Leongatha Lions Club members – pictured here are some of those happy members