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RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

Forty percent of 1,748 building sites failed health and safety checks in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


Worker’s Kin Gets $7M+ Asbestos Award

The family of a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker has been awarded $7.25 million in his death after years of workplace exposure to asbestos.


Dust Collectors Claim 95% Efficiency

Two new dust-muzzling products are now available from San Diego, CA-based Dust Collection Products.


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


Bids Sought to Keep Texas Shipshape

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is inviting bids for repairs and recoating work on the historic battleship USS Texas (BB-35).


Feds on Power Play at Islanders' Home

New York Islanders fans who are demanding a new home for their team just got some new, asbestos-laced ammunition from federal health and safety regulators.


U.S. Suit Targets Whistleblower’s Boss

Federal authorities are suing a New York asbestos contractor who allegedly fired an employee for raising concerns about a shoddy asbestos removal job at a school.


Repeat OSHA Violator Goes Bankrupt

Shouldering a lengthy, costly record of health and safety violations, a New Hampshire roofing, painting and construction company has declared bankruptcy.


Bucking Trends, Asbestos Surges in U.S.

Although banned in scores of countries, asbestos is actually booming in the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey reports in a new study.


Asbestos Contractor Gets 10-Year Term

An Illinois fireproofing contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally removing, handling and disposing of asbestos from a Kankakee building in 2009.


Navy Contractor Admits Minority Fraud

The owner of a Pennsylvania environmental company is facing several years in prison after he admitted misusing his minority business status to obtain a Navy contract, then padding the bill.


Court Tosses ‘Any Dose’ Asbestos Claim

In a case with major potential implications for chemical exposure claims, Pennsylvania’s high court has dismissed expert testimony asserting that “each and every fiber of inhaled asbestos” c...


Chemical Co. Cited Again—and Again

A Texas chemical maker whose central plant burned to the ground in October continues to pile up citations for hazardous conditions at that site and elsewhere.


More Tests Set at Paint Superfund Site

Federal regulators have agreed to more testing at a New Hampshire tract full of toxic paint waste before approving a final plan for the 23-year-old Superfund site.


Painter’s Daughter Wins Landmark Asbestos Ruling

A UK painter’s daughter has won a five-year court battle for insurance compensation for her late father’s fatal illness—and that of thousands of others—from asbestos exposure.


Firms Cited in Border Scaffold Failure

Three contractors have been cited in a massive scaffolding collapse that crushed cars and injured motorists and employees at California’s San Ysidro border crossing in September.


Wife’s Fatal Cancer Tied To Paint Worker’s Laundry

A family in the UK is searching for colleagues of a veteran paint company inspector whose wife allegedly died of cancer contracted by washing his asbestos-filled clothes over the years.


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


Asbestos Scam Draws 7-Year Prison Term

The former owner of the largest U.S. asbestos abatement training school has been sentenced to 87 months in prison for running a business built on thousands of untrained, undocumented workers...


IL Asbestos Removal Draws $1.2M Fine

What began as an internal safety audit at a Chicago-area manufacturer has backfired into state enforcement action and a $1.2 million federal fine against the company for using untrained, unp...


OSHA Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


ASTM, ISO Tackle Spill Vessels, Ship Recycling

Standards to improve vessel safety, efficiency and environmental impact from design to disposal are the focus of new and proposed measures by ASTM International and ISO.


RPM Announces Move to Address Bondex Asbestos Claims

RPM International Inc. said it has taken actions to permanently resolve current and future asbestos claims associated with its Bondex International Inc. with the filing of Chapter 11 reorgan...


SanAir Receives NVLAP Accreditation

SanAir Technologies Laboratory (Richmond, VA) has been accredited under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for its new asbestos testing and analysis laboratory.


 
 
   

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