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