Continuing health threat posed by asbestos-cement roofing: two case studies from Denmark

Wed, Feb 4, 2015


Kathleen Ruff,

At a symposium on Why Is Asbestos Still A Health Problem? held in Copenhagen on December 12, 2014, Dr. Rolf Petersen presented two cases studies which showed individuals with mesothelioma, who had no known work exposure to asbestos.

In both cases, the individuals were exposed to asbestos when they installed or replaced Eternit asbestos-cement roofing on their homes.

Dr. Petersen’s presentation is available here: Non-Occupational Mesothelioma.

Eternit operated a factory in northern Denmark from 1928-1986, which produced asbestos cement roofing. Many workers at the factory, as well as family members, died of asbestos-related disease.

In spite of knowing that its product was causing disease and death, Eternit suppressed and falsified the evidence and went on selling millions of square metres of its asbestos cement roofing in Denmark, as well as exporting huge quantities to other countries, thus creating a health tragedy that continues today.



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