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Here are links to news posted in August and September:

September 2021

Construction News


From 4th October, Health and Safety Executive inspectors will be undertaking spot checks on over 1,000 construction sites.

Dangerous dust on sites targeted in new HSE crackdown

The Guardian

The BBC is being sued by the widow of Richard Evans who passed away from asbestos-related cancer

BBC sued for set builder’s death in claim over asbestos

The Conversation

We'll all have seen coverage of the services held to commemorate the20th anniversary of 9/11 at the weekend. This article makes for harrowing reading but we still need to raise awareness of toxic dust exposure.

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded


Mary Angela Fox died from mesothelioma in April this year. It's thought that she was exposed to asbestos whilst working in the family run fruit and veg business. In 1995, part of Blackburn market was demolished whilst she was working next door.

Blackburn mum exposed to asbestos when market roof was demolished died from cancer

Mavis Nye Dr (hon) BEM. BCAh

Mavis Nye, President & Co-Founder of Mavis Nye Foundation (MNF) demonstrates how important asbestos awareness training is and so crucial to keeping workers safe in buildings pre-2000.

Another domestic dwelling with a badly disturbed inspection panel containing Amosite (Brown) asbestos

August 2021

House of Commons Library

Article title

A government research briefing 'Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste'. What are the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local councils and landowners? What reforms are proposed to tackle the problem in the short and longer term?

Fly-tipping – the illegal dumping of waste


Derelict and abandoned buildings are dangerous sites for many reasons - not least, due to the potential exposure to asbestos.

Yet more trespassing into asbestos-filled building prompts police warning