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May 25, 2018

It’s a tough job…but asbestos removal is booming for Daniel

It’s a tough job…but asbestos removal is booming for Daniel

Echo: “Enough work for a lifetime” – Daniel Frost in the mock asbestos enclosure

“Enough work for a lifetime” – Daniel Frost in the mock asbestos enclosure

The presence of asbestos in a building may be bad news for those who live or work there, but this killer material does have one positive aspect.

Asbestos removal is a good source of employment in south Essex, providing one of the most secure and recession-proof of jobs.

So much asbestos remains on sites around the UK that, by one estimate, it will take at least 300 years to remove it all, at the current rate.

“So there will be enough work around to see out my lifetime,” says Daniel Frost.

He is director of the Canvey based eBrit Services, one of the largest and fastest growing asbestos removal specialists in the south of England.

Founded in 2011 by Daniel and a partner (a labour supply specialist) in West London, eBrit started with one van and two site men from Canvey.

Three years later, it has grown to employ 70 on-site staff and 17 staff in the Canvey base.

The fleet now numbers 29 vehicles. Turnover has increased from £1.5million in the first year to £13million today.

Daniel worked his way to the position of company director from the ground upwards. After leaving the Army, he spent years as a hands-on asbestos remover, before setting up in business for himself.

“Asbestos removal had never occurred to me as a way of making a living,” he said.

“I was laying some blocks outside an office in Basildon, and the company bosses spotted me out of the window, and how hard I was working – although, after the Army, it didn’t seem particularly like hard work. They called me up and asked if I would like a job.”

The basics of asbestos removal involve dampening the substance down, and creating a negative pressure, so the lethal asbestos dust and fibres are not released into the air.

Only then is it is safe to handle and remove. They are trucked to one of a number of specialist asbestos sites around southern Britain.

The removal operation is conducted within an airtight plastic enclosure, equipped with a pump and extractor. The makeshift tent is first tested with smoke to ensure that it is air-tight.

“You find that the preparation can often take four hours, and the actual removal just a couple of hours,” says Daniel.

To work on site, an asbestos remover needs to be physically fit, with good lung capacity.

“Obviously, a responsible attitude is particularly important,” says Daniel. Asbestos-busters also need to have a face that fits.

“If someone has, say, a broken jaw, it could mean that the respirator won’t fit him properly.”

Initial training takes three days, before a novice operator starts on his first job.

“They start on less challenging tasks, like asbestos cement, which is present in a lot of buildings right here on the Charfleets estate,” says Daniel, pointing out of the window. Once assessed as capable, they are released to more dangerous sites.

“We have specialist operators in areas, such as working at height, rope access and first aid.”

Asbestos operatives make good money. At the basic level, they can earn £120 to £140 a day, while supervisors earn anything up to £1,000 a week. The pay scales, and the job security he offers, mean Daniel has no shortage of people who approach him for a job.

“Often the best guys are people like bricklayers who are used to conditions on a site, and used to hard work,” says Daniel.

One source remains elusive, however. There are no women in eBrit’s on-site team. “It’s not that we have anything against employing them, and we’ve had a few applications,” says Daniel. “But when they learn what’s involved, they don’t seem to follow it up.”

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Planning underway for returning DL locomotives to service

KiwiRail is confident the level of risk from exposure to airborne asbestos in its DL locomotives is minimal, following completion of a second round of testing in New Zealand, the results of which were also validated by an internationally recognised occupational medicine expert. Just seven out of the 204 samples taken showed a very small presence of non-respirable asbestos in five operable locomotives. Testing confirmed no presence of any asbestos dust in the remaining 34 locomotives that are in the operating fleet.

Chief executive Peter Reidy says the results confirmed early advice that the asbestos presented a low risk and was well contained. Both the testing regimes and recommendations were being further validated, by Dr John Bisby of International Health consultants based in Victoria, Australia. While a final report is still underway, Mr Reidy says preliminary advice from Dr Bisby confirms that the probability for any exposure to airborne fibres was low and if any did arise they would be insignificant in relation to both New Zealand and International workplace exposure standards for respirable Chrysotile fibre.

“With the majority of the locomotives showing minimal risk for exposure to airborne fibre, we are confident that appropriate measures can be put in place that will enable us to progressively bring these locomotives back into service soon,” Mr Reidy says.

An operational plan, which includes a comprehensive set of risk management measures for safe operation, ongoing mitigation and eventual removal of all asbestos containing materials was being finalised in partnership with WorkSafe.

“We have repeatedly said no locomotive will operate until we are completely satisfied it poses no risk to our people. To that end we are working through a robust process with our expert advisors and WorkSafe to determine a safe re-entry into operation for the locomotives.”

Mr Reidy says the current lack of capacity is causing supply chain issues for many New Zealand industries and businesses. “The DL locomotives are the workhorse of our fleet and without their pulling power all customers are feeling the lack of capacity.

“Running a safe operation is very important to our business and our customers have understood the need for our focus to be on the welfare of our people. We are thankful for the group response by the wider transport industry to help manage this situation. “We want to reassure them we are doing everything we can so we safely get back to normal operation as soon as practicable.”

KiwiRail is meeting with union officials this week.

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Asbestos Advice Helpline Welcome New Fund for Mesothelioma Compensation

These new proposals represent a significant improvement when compared to the current level of provision

(PRWEB UK) 5 December 2013

The Asbestos Advice Helpline, a celebrated team of dedicated asbestos litigators, has applauded a new decision which means that thousands of mesothelioma sufferers over the next 10 years will be able to claim from a £350 million fund to attain some measure of recompense for their damages. Described as a significant breakthrough, the amendments mean that sufferers who were previously disqualified from claiming compensation may now be eligible to do so.

Mesothelioma is an invariably lethal disease that typically overcomes its victims within an average timeframe of 9 months following diagnosis. The mesothelioma condition is almost exclusively confined to those professions that came into regular contact with asbestos dust prior to the substance being banned at the end of the 1990s, and more than 2,000 people die every year due to its influence. The quantity of reported incidents is only expected to increase over the next 3 years, and the number of deaths is expected to total in excess of 60,000.

A spokesperson from the Asbestos Advice Helpline has said: “These new proposals represent a significant improvement when compared to the current level of provision. In previous years, many victims have been inexcusably left without adequate support following a mesothelioma diagnosis, and this scheme goes some way towards rectifying a situation that has been in sore need of attention for a number of decades”.

Previously, a pair of relevant legislations has allowed mesothelioma claims to be placed up to an average of £20,000. Should the new fund attain parliamentary approval, this amount is anticipated to rise to heights of £115,000. Current government predictions suggest that more than 1000 sufferers will be able to receive this assistance in the next decade and, should the currently debated Mesothelioma Bill be passed without incident, the first payments could well materialise within a maximum of 8 months.

A degree of discontent has been voiced due to proposals that may implement a cut-off point for those claimants who are able to take advantage of the new fund, although the government have stated that an indiscriminate arrangement would be financially unviable. Despite the fund being restricted to sufferers of mesothelioma, and no further provision planned for those who are afflicted with alternative conditions, many campaign groups have hailed the legislation as a considerable degree of progress. The spokesperson from Asbestos Advice Helpline added that: “We welcome these reforms as a notable step in the right direction, and sincerely hope that, in time, they will be able to be expanded to incorporate all asbestos related conditions”.

The Asbestos Advice Helpline was established to help those suffering from asbestos related diseases and individuals who may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The Asbestos Advice Helpline operates on a no win, no fee policy to help those afflicted (and their families) to deal with the legal procedures of making a claim. Asbestos was widely used before its ban and has affected many trade professionals who worked with it at the time; as well as people who may have come into contact with it since without knowing. Asbestos kills around 4,500 people a year from related diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

The new fund for mesothelioma compensation means that more sufferers from this incredibly serious disease can now take advantage of the compensation that they deserve. For more information, to place a claim with the Asbestos Advice Helpline or to contact them about any of their professional services, visit http://www.asbestosadvicehelpline.com or call the Asbestos Advice Helpline team on 0800 088 7396.


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Parents, students concerned about asbestos removal at Chapel Hill High School


The health of hundreds of students is under the microscope as Chapel Hill High School is dealing with asbestos and mold.

Mold was removed from this school just last month, which closed its library. Now, old floor tiles are the latest concern. Both are raising questions about one of the school system’s oldest buildings.

The latest concerns started when photos started circulating among students at the school.

“The sign on the door showed that asbestos was in the classroom and it could potentially cause cancer and we weren’t notified,” said parent Robert Johnson.

The photo showed a classroom that was sealed off to students and staff for fear of asbestos contamination. As a precaution, work crews conducted air quality tests that showed no threat to students or staff.

“I think they should notify us more frequently, especially when it comes to asbestos,” said Johnson. “They notified us of the mold issue with the library, but they didn’t notify of this issue.”

The school system said it issues a notice of asbestos containing materials at its schools every year but admits older school buildings like Chapel Hill High have become a problem.

“The current Chapel Hill High opened in 1966. It has become an expensive and challenging facility to sustain, as have many of our older buildings,” said the district in a statement. “It is in need of substantial repairs. Our district has recently initiated a community conversation regarding how we will move forward with renovations and increasing student capacity in the coming years.”

In the case of Chapel Hill High, it would cost the school system at least $10 million to make a laundry list of repairs, and up to $19 million to make repairs and new additions to the school. It would also cost $47 million to tear down one of its oldest school buildings to make way for a new one.

Meanwhile, asbestos removal will continue on the weekends only, not when students are in school.

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Grace Announces Adjustment to Asbestos-Related Liability

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA) announced today that it will adjust its
recorded asbestos-related liability to $2,065 million from the previous
amount of $1,700 million. Grace will report a $365 million non-cash,
pre-tax charge in its fourth quarter 2012 earnings. This non-cash charge
will have no impact on Adjusted EBIT or Adjusted EPS.

As discussed in the company’s November 9, 2012 teleconference with
analysts, an adjustment to the recorded amount is now necessary to
reflect the increased estimates of the settlement values of the warrant
and deferred payment obligation payable to the asbestos personal injury
trust under Grace’s plan of reorganization.

The company currently estimates the warrant’s value to be $490 million,
the maximum value under the company’s cash settlement agreement with the
asbestos trust. The cash settlement agreement was approved by the
bankruptcy court on December 17, 2012.

The company currently estimates the deferred payment obligation’s value
to be $547 million. The increase in the estimated value of the deferred
payment obligation reflects the company’s improved borrowing costs and
the expected timing of its bankruptcy emergence.

The non-cash charge of $365 million is lower than the range of $375
million to $475 million that the company had estimated in its November 9
teleconference.

The ultimate cost of settling the asbestos-related liability will be
based on the value of the consideration transferred to the asbestos
trusts at emergence and may vary from the current estimate.

The company will release fourth quarter 2012 earnings before market open
on February 6 and will conduct a conference call with analysts and
investors at 11:00 a.m. EST the same day. Conference call dial-in
instructions can be found at the Investor Information page
on the company’s web site at www.grace.com.

About Grace

Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and
packaging materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building
materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace
Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace
Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies and
services that enhance the quality of life. Grace employs approximately
6,000 people in over 40 countries and had 2011 net sales of $3.2
billion. More information about Grace is available at www.grace.com.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements, that is,
information related to future, not past, events. Such statements
generally include the words “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “targets,”
“will,” “expects,” “suggests,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “continues” or
similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include, without
limitation, all statements regarding Grace’s Chapter 11 case; expected
financial positions; results of operations; cash flows; financing plans;
business strategy; budgets; capital and other expenditures; competitive
positions; growth opportunities for existing products; benefits from new
technology and cost reduction initiatives, plans and objectives; and
markets for securities. For these statements, Grace claims the
protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained
in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Like other
businesses, Grace is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
its actual results to differ materially from its projections or that
could cause other forward-looking statements to prove incorrect. Factors
that could cause actual results to materially differ from those
contained in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation:
developments affecting Grace’s bankruptcy, proposed plan of
reorganization and settlements with certain creditors, the cost and
availability of raw materials (including rare earth) and energy,
developments affecting Grace’s underfunded and unfunded pension
obligations, risks related to foreign operations, especially in emerging
regions, acquisitions and divestitures of assets and gains and losses
from dispositions or impairments, the effectiveness of its research and
development and growth investments, its legal and environmental
proceedings, costs of compliance with environmental regulation and those
factors set forth in Grace’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K,
quarterly report on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, which
have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are
readily available on the Internet at
www.sec.gov.
Reported results should not be considered as an indication of future
performance. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
Grace’s projections and forward-looking statements, which speak only as
of the date thereof. Grace undertakes no obligation to publicly release
any revision to the projections and forward-looking statements contained
in this announcement, or to update them to reflect events or
circumstances occurring after the date of this announcement.

Contact:

W. R. Grace & Co.


Media Relations

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rich.badmington@grace.com

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Mark Sutherland, +1 410-531-4590


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Asbestos 'repairs' will leave a disgraceful legacy – Dyson

Christchurch-based Labour MP Ruth Dyson has called for an urgent response from the Government following news that asbestos in the ceilings of more than 4000 earthquake damaged homes will be left encased behind plasterboard rather than removed.

“We have watched the tragic trail of events which culminated in the huge loss of life with the CTV building collapse. Now, we are witnessing the beginning of another trail, one that unless it is dealt with sensibly, looks set to become a potentially fatal legacy.

“EQC has stated that a working group, chaired by an independent health and safety consultant, developed its asbestos policy. That person needs to be publicly accountable for this latest decision and should, at the very least, be named.

“The agency further said it was following the relevant guidelines by encasing the asbestos. This is incorrect. The practice is a direct contravention of the guidelines.

“EQC are notifying the current property owners of this policy of encasement, giving the owners no choice of removal. That in itself is unfair. However, future owners will receive no official notification of the exercise and that is worse than unfair.

“This is obviously about saving money, but at what cost? It is risking lives. The practice must stop.”

She said a register should be established to identify all homes which have encased asbestos, with those properties remaining on the register until the asbestos was removed.

“People in leadership positions need to be accountable for their decisions and the consequences of their actions. The Government needs to step up and do something about this now.”

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