January 18, 2019

ACT Government bans builders from removing asbestos

ACT Government bans builders from removing asbestos

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The ACT Government has moved to close a loophole that has allowed builders to remove up to 10-square-metres of bonded asbestos from homes, a rule the Government says has been widely misunderstood and abused.

From January 1, any asbestos removal, including bonded asbestos sheeting, must be done by licensed asbestos removalists, who will now come under the control of Worksafe.

Builders were never allowed under the law to remove even 10-square-metres without asbestos training, but Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said the training requirement was the most widely flouted.

“The 10-square-metre rule is actually significantly misunderstood. Tradesmen think it means they can remove up to 10-square-metres of asbestos without controls, that’s not true,” he said.


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Propane loans, asbestos lawsuits on legislative agenda


The Wisconsin State Senate is in session Tuesday and taking up issues like asbestos lawsuits and propane loans.

Senate to vote on bill affecting asbestos lawsuits

The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits.

The measure up for a vote Tuesday would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Republican supporters say such a move would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.

But opponents, including veterans exposed to asbestos during their service, say the measure is designed to slow cases down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and protect corporations from making payouts.

The Assembly passed the bill last year. If it clears the Senate, it would then head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

Wisconsin Senate to vote on propane loan program

The Wisconsin Senate is ready to put the finishing touches on a bill that would create a new loan program to offset high propane prices.

The measure calls for the state to guarantee up to $2,500 in loans to purchase propane or other heating supplies and pay down interest. The borrower’s household income couldn’t exceed 200 percent of their county median household income, however.

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill last month. The Senate is set to take it up Tuesday. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Wisconsin and other Midwestern states have been grappling with a propane shortage spurred by the cold winter, a temporary pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain last fall.

Wisconsin Senate to vote on driver liability bill

The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that would limit parents’ liability for young drivers.

Right now children under 18 need a parent or other adult sponsor to sign and verify their driver’s license application. That makes the parents or sponsors liable for the driver’s negligence or willful misconduct. Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman’s bill would limit that liability to a total of $300,000.

The Senate’s judiciary committee, which Grothman chairs, approved the bill on a 3-2 vote last month. The Senate is set to vote on it Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the bill to the Assembly.

Senate votes to change Milwaukee mental health

The Wisconsin state Senate has approved a bill that would take control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex away from the county board and give it to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members.

The bipartisan proposal passed unanimously Tuesday comes after six patients died at the facility in 2012.

Opponents to the bill, including the union that represents nurses and workers at the complex, say control should not be taken away from elected local officials on the Milwaukee County Board.

In addition to creating the new board to run the facility, the bill would also require an extensive audit be done by Dec. 1 that would consider whether the state should take over operations.

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Bid to reclaim NHS asbestos costs

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Asbestos cost bill passed by Senedd

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LETTER: Asbestos bill would hurt veterans

A new proposal is currently making its way through the state Legislature to delay and deny justice to veterans and other victims who have been exposed to asbestos. Assembly Bill 19 and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 13, would shield corporations from liability and limit the rights of individuals suffering from diseases related to asbestos exposure.

According to the Wisconsin Military Order of the Purple Heart, AB 19 and SB 13 would be particularly harmful to veterans because mesothelioma, a deadly disease contracted from asbestos exposure, affects veterans at alarming rates.

During World War II, thousands of tons of asbestos were used in ship construction. Sailors were commonly exposed to asbestos that was used in pipe insulation and fireproofing. Members of the Marines and Army were exposed to asbestos products in their barracks, vehicles, and military installations. Korea and Vietnam veterans faced similar exposure to asbestos during their deployments.

When these men and women returned from their service, many were exposed to asbestos again in their civilian jobs as factory workers, maintenance technicians, or shipyard employees. While veterans represent 8 percent of the nation’s population, they make up 30 percent of all known mesothelioma deaths that have occurred in the U.S.

AB 19 and SB 13 are being opposed by many veterans and asbestos victim advocates. During the public testimony on these bills, leaders from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Wisconsin VFW testified that these bills would unfairly deny justice for veterans suffering from diseases related to asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, despite the concerns raised by veterans and asbestos victims, these bills continue to advance through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

I believe that we should be working to protect veterans and others who have been unknowingly exposed to dangerous working conditions. AB 19 and SB 13 would unfairly tip the scales in favor of large corporations who knowingly exposed veterans and other workers to harmful asbestos products.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling represents Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate District.

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Asbestos Advice Helpline Backs Asbestos Law

Asbestos Advice Helpline, a leading organisation to assist those affected by Asbestos related diseases, has today announced that they fully back the newly announced Welsh law bid to recover NHS expenses from the insurers of those responsible for exposure to asbestos.

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 20 December 2012

Asbestos Advice Helpline

has today announced that they are in full support of the newly announced

Welsh law bid

to recover expenses in order to help sufferers of

asbestos related diseases


The bill proposes letting the NHS seek compensation from the insurers and companies who caused the exposure in asbestos related disease sufferers. This would be similar to the way that sufferers of asbestos related diseases can claim on their own, but the money would go into the NHS to help fund treatment and care for sufferers of asbestos exposure.

The proposed bill has an explanatory memorandum which states:

“The Bill’s aim is to enable the Welsh Ministers to recover from a compensator (being a person by or on behalf of whom a compensation payment is made to or in respect of a victim of asbestos related disease), certain costs incurred by the NHS in Wales in providing care and treatment to the victim of asbestos related disease.”

The Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Disease (Wales) Bill has been opened to consultation after being brought forward by the Pontypridd Assembly Member Mick Antoniw. The bills aim is to gain compensation to be paid into NHS trusts to help with the payment of treatments caused by asbestos related industrial diseases and help take the strain off the already stretched NHS. Wales has a high number of asbestos related disease victims and the number of those diagnosed is set to continue for some time due to the long incubation period for diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Currently, sufferers of asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer can claim compensation through Asbestos Advice Helpline from the companies who were responsible for the exposure. If the bill were to go through, it could mean that the burden of asbestos related diseases would be eased for the NHS, with money helping fund treatment and research into the diseases. The claim for compensation to be paid to the NHS would be made after an individual has made a successful personal compensation claim, so would not reduce the amount of a successful claim for an asbestos related disease.

Government statistics show that 4,500 people a year die from asbestos related diseases, so the addition of funding for the NHS would help sufferers get the treatment they need. It would also help the existing funding be put to different uses, thus helping everyone who uses the NHS.

If you have been affected by asbestos related diseases and feel you may be entitled to make a claim against those responsible; please do not hesitate to contact Asbestos Advice Helpline on 0800 884 0300 or through their website here.

Ian Harbridge
Asbestos Advice Helpline
0800 884 0300
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Asbestos Advice Helpline Backs Asbestos Law