Posted on July 6, 2018
Author: Francisco Báez Baquet
Asbestos products were exported, banned, and asbestos products were labeled, with the warning: “asbestos-free product”. — Dr. Engineer Barry Castleman
“The asbestos epidemic kills one person every two hours in the United States, one every four hours in the United Kingdom, three every day in Italy and Germany, two every day in France, Japan and Australia, and one a day in Holland “: Boggio (2013).
The true face of the asbestos industry, beyond disquisitions about whether or not there was a generalized knowledge about the lethal effects of asbestos on such date or another, is perfectly reflected in a paragraph of the article published on November 25. of 2014 in the international edition of the newspaper “El País” (“The country”), written by Eliane Brum, and entitled: “Romana and the billionaire of asbestos: the pain that does not prescribe”.
Says the following: “The victims of asbestosis die slowly and painfully from suffocation.” In Brazil, it was at that moment when companies like Eternit sent their representatives to the hospitals so that the workers, in full agony, signed a document accepting a derisory compensation in exchange for the life that ended, thus preventing their families from taking legal action after his death.” Continue reading