A roundup of recent asbestos-related news and information that you should be aware of. An ongoing list of reported asbestos hot spots in the US from the Asbestos News Roundup archive appears on our asbestos map.
Also known as second hand asbestos exposure or “take home” asbestos exposure, passive exposure refers to exposure to asbestos fibers that become embedded on peoples clothing or in their hair—from either another person who has been in direct contact with asbestos or from indirect circumstantial exposure to asbestos.
For example, cases of second-hand asbestos exposure were recently been reported by wives and children of men who worked in the shipyards in World War II. The workers were exposed to large amounts of damaged or “friable” asbestos while on the job, and their wives became came ill following exposure to asbestos fibers that had become lodged in the workers’ clothing. Over the years, the constant inhalation of these fibers resulted in the development of asbestos-related diseases. Case in point, the recently filed asbestos lawsuit concerning Gladys W. Williams, highlighted below.
And there have been asbestos lawsuits filed by children of men who worked around asbestos, and who developed asbestos-related illnesses.
Secondary asbestos exposure is also possible by living in a community or area located near an asbestos mine or a company that manufactures asbestos or products containing asbestos. Many older buildings may also contain asbestos insulation, including schools.
A total of 18 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in St. Louis Circuit Court recently. We’ve highlighted several here.
Madison County, IL: The family of the recently deceased Gladys W. Williams, has filed an asbestos lawsuit alleging their spouse and parent developed lung cancer as a result of her work as a laundry technician at the Jacksonville Naval Airbase in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1966 until 1978. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Willie Williams Sr., who served in the U.S. Navy from 1937 until the late 1960s.
Robert D. and Rosalina Cousineau allege Robert Cousineau developed lung cancer after his work as a carpenter, drywaller and construction worker at various locations from 1963 until 2005.
Gregory C. Hope alleges he developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos fibers throughout his career as an electrician and performing home and automotive maintenance from 1961 until 1979.
Martin L. Tune alleges he developed lung cancer after his work as a machinist and as an auto mechanic and home repairman from 1963 until 1979. Tune will be represented by Andrew A. O’Brien, Christopher J. Thoron, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O’Brien Law Firm in St. Louis.
Nolan and Essie Madere allege Nolan Madere developed lung cancer after his work as an airborne paratrooper from 1947 until 1952, as a laborer at Shell Oil Company from 1954 until 1965 and as a maintenance mechanic at Kaiser Aluminum from 1965 until 1992. (madisonrecord.com)
Charleston, WV: A Charleston woman is suing 24 companies she claims are responsible for her husband’s mesothelioma and death. Theodore Hudson was diagnosed with asbestos mesothelioma with metastases in August 2008, from which he died on June 14, 2010, according to the lawsuit. Sharon Hudson claims the 24 defendants are responsible because they exposed her husband to asbestos during his career as a Sight Glass Technician at Cyclops Industries from 1972 until 2009. Mrs. Hudson claims the defendants failed to provide him with safety apparel to wear while working around asbestos. (wvrecord.com)
The defendants are being sued based upon theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentation and post-sale duty to warn, according to the lawsuit.
Bloomfield, MO: The small post office in the southeast Missouri town of Bloomfield is closed after asbestos was found in the building.
The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that patrons are being urged to go to the Dexter post office.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Watkins says a contractor has been hired to remove the asbestos, and the building shouldn’t be closed for long, though he did not offer a guess on when the building would reopen. (stltoday.com)