History of Asbestos, Pt. 3: Asbestos in the Industrial Age
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
1w ago
For thousands of years, asbestos remained in the margins of ancient society, bewildering onlookers with its magical fire-resistant properties while concealing its more harmful ones. But as civilization matured, so did its use of asbestos. In our previous installments, we learned how ancient and medieval societies used this mysterious, naturally occurring mineral to protect cremated remains, clean fabrics, mystify travelers and besiege castles. However, asbestos use reached new heights in the 19th century, when ambitious industrialists found ways to make extraordinary profits from mining the ..read more
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Top 10 Occupations at Risk of Asbestos Exposure in 2024
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
1w ago
Asbestos is a known health hazard and is highly regulated by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Damaged or worn-down asbestos-containing products may release fibers that can be inhaled or swallowed. Once asbestos particles enter the lungs or digestive system tissues, they can remain there forever. Over time, asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, as well as other deadly diseases. “Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased in recent ..read more
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ADAO and IAFF Fight for Asbestos Ban During National Cancer Prevention Month
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
1M ago
On February 1, 2024, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), launched a new campaign to broadcast the dangers of asbestos and urge lawmakers to ban asbestos in the United States. Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Despite more than 70 countries banning the material, asbestos is still legal in the U.S., putting innocent lives at risk. “ADAO and IAFF’s message in Times Square is clear: Asbestos remains a killer, and our firefighters are disproportionatel ..read more
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History of Asbestos, Pt. 2: Asbestos in the Middle Ages
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
1M ago
In our last post on the history of asbestos, we explored how ancient civilizations made use of this seemingly unthreatening fibrous mineral. Centuries ago, before asbestos was found to be the primary cause of mesothelioma, asbestos mining could be traced back thousands of years to before the construction of the Great Pyramids. For most of that ancient history, though, asbestos was used for one of two purposes: To keep ashes from mixing with the funeral pyre during cremations, when the body would be wrapped in a flame-resistant asbestos cloth To impress visitors from foreign lands with fire-re ..read more
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History of Asbestos, Pt. 1: Asbestos in the Ancient World
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
2M ago
It’s hard to believe asbestos was only recognized to be toxic a little over a century ago. This naturally occurring mineral was already being mined when the Great Pyramids were built, and for thousands of years, humanity handled it without the slightest of precautions. Today, we know asbestos is highly dangerous and the primary cause of mesothelioma, one of the most lethal cancers. That bit of knowledge is a privilege of the scientific and medical understanding in the modern era. Despite decades of research on how dangerous it is, asbestos remains legal to use in the United States. Millions of ..read more
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Honoring U.S. Navy Veteran and Mesothelioma Warrior Frank Curre on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
3M ago
December 7, 1941: “A day that will live in infamy,” remarked President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor was attacked by some 350 Japanese fighter planes, which drove the United States to join the Allied Forces in the fight against the Axis powers in the Second World War. This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took the lives of thousands of American soldiers and civilians stationed at the sprawling military base in Oahu, Hawaii. We honor them by recognizing Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day each year. Frank Curre, who was only 17 years old at the time of th ..read more
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Veterans Day 2023: Honoring U.S. Veterans and Their Fight Against Mesothelioma
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
4M ago
Millions of Americans have selflessly served in the U.S. military, prioritizing our nation’s freedom over their personal well-being. For many citizens, their courage holds a significance far beyond a commitment to defend our country. Celebrated annually on November 11, Veterans Day is a tribute to veterans and a token of thanks for their noble service, including those who suffered trauma, injuries and illnesses due to their time in the military. Some of these ailments are psychological in nature, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while others may appear decades after service as a res ..read more
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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2023: Hope, Help and Health
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
5M ago
On September 26, 2023, communities across the country will join together to recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which is dedicated to bringing attention to this rare asbestos-caused cancer and raising funds for medical treatments. The event coincides with the annual Miles for Meso 5K Run and 3K Fun Run & Walk, which has been organized and hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy since 2009. This year’s race takes place both in-person and virtually on September 23 to raise funds for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Over the years, our asbestos law firm has pledged more than $21 m ..read more
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International Association of Fire Fighters Urges Congress to Pass Asbestos Ban
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
6M ago
Despite being banned in more than 70 countries, asbestos remains legal in the United States — but the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now (ARBAN) Act seeks to change this. ARBAN calls for a sweeping ban on the United States’ import, use and sale of asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen known to cause mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. In a recent Congressional briefing, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) urged Congress to pass ARBAN and ban all types of asbestos. The IAFF’s support of the act is crucial as the association represents more than 341,000 fire fighters and first re ..read more
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Miles for Meso Spotlight: Honoring the Legacy of Mesothelioma Warrior George Dreith
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by Simmons Hanly Conroy
7M ago
To set the stage for the 15th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run/Walk, Simmons Hanly Conroy is highlighting the mesothelioma warriors whose legacies have shaped this event. This year’s race will be held on September 23, 2023, and bring together hundreds of virtual and in-person participants to raise awareness and funds for mesothelioma. The event is held to commemorate National Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and support their fight for a full asbestos ban. Register for the Race ..read more
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