Over the weekend, I attended the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in Los Angeles. The event was the kickoff to National Asbestos Awareness Week here in the United States and Global Asbestos Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday. We’re proud to support the important asbestos awareness content and programs ADAO has scheduled for this week.
Last week, I posted about Keynote Speaker Matt Peacock‘s presentation about India’s Toxic Trade. Peacock, an investigative reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Company, compared his investigation to being in a
time warp from 30 years ago when developed countries imported the deadly fiber by tens of thousands of tons.
“I was amazed that exactly the same of lies were being peddled,” Peacock told conference attendees.
As an asbestos attorney who has worked with hundreds of asbestos victims, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects an asbestos-related disease has on individuals and their families. Mr. Peacock’s presentation was eye-opening. He showed image after image of Indian workers, wearing only flimsy face masks as protection, physically transporting piles of asbestos fibers. Comparatively, in the United States, workers would be clothed head to toe in white haz-mat suits.
I’ve linked Peacock’s video clip below. In honor of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, I encourage you to take a few minutes and watch it. Asbestos is not a problem of the past. Instead, it’s become an international public health crisis that causes the death of thousands of people, including Americans, around the world every year.