Wittenoom - The Blue Asbestos Ghost Town & The Residents Who Refuse To Leave
Devils Dust Movie Trailer - The Killer James Hardie Asbestos Company & Bernie Banton
Devil's Dust is a two-part Australian television docu-drama mini-series on the ABC which first screened in 2012. Based on journalist Matt Peacock's 2009 book Killer Company, Devil's Dust was researched and developed by producer Stephen Corvini for over two years prior to the series' production. Through the factual case of Bernie Banton, it recounts the tragedy of many Australian workers and their families afflicted with asbestosis and mesothelioma in the twentieth-century asbestos mining and processing industries. Though the extreme health risks of exposure to asbestos dust had been documented for many years, manufacturer James Hardie persisted in large-scale use of the material, aided by inadequate regulation by state health agencies.
BEFORE he died an early death at 61 in 2007, Australia knew Bernie Banton as the smiling man with asbestosis who carried an oxygen bottle wherever he went.
We didn't know all that much about him at first, just that he was up against the polished legal might and political clout of building materials manufacturer James Hardie. I still remember the company's name stamped on sheets of "fibro" in the local hardware yard. I had no idea the lives of thousands of Australians might have been jeopardised by asbestos in materials such as this. Or that underfelt made from shredded asbestos bags under old carpet leaked pain.
Banton seemed an ordinary bloke, a former factory worker, who soon became the widely recognised face of the legal and political campaign to achieve compensation for the many sufferers of asbestos-related diseases. But, as this two-part series reveals, there was more to Banton than many of us realised as we watched the emerging folk hero on TV waging his seemingly losing battle against the corporate figureheads of the James Hardie company.
Bernard Douglas (Bernie) Banton AM (13 October 1946 – 27 November 2007) was an Australian social justice campaigner. He was the widely-recognised face of the legal and political campaign to achieve compensation for the many sufferers of asbestos-related conditions, which they contracted after either working for the company James Hardie or being exposed to James Hardie Industries' products.
Bernie himself suffered from asbestosis, Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease (ARPD) and then finally peritoneal mesothelioma. These conditions required him to carry an oxygen tank wherever he went. The 2009 book Killer Company details Banton's fight against James Hardie.
Bernie Banton on YouTube
Banton brought an action against Amaca Pty Ltd before the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales
Exposure to Deadly Asbestos, Pesticides, Illegal Dumping etc - The Dangers, Examples, Advice & Warnings - James Hardie Australia ( Mesothelioma )
Devils Dust - Deadly Natural Blue Asbestos Facts & Dangers - Products of Asbestos - Mesothelioma
i have worked in demolition for 10 years and have to deal with asbestos on a daily bases i cant believe from my experience why someone would want to live here, im from the uk and heard about this town today on an asbestos awareness course, seriously it is bad shit
1 fibre can kill you, imagine the size of a human hair 20,000 fibres can fit on 1 hair, so the point is you will never breathe in 1 fibre your more likely to breathe in billions of fibres with every breath, it will take between 10-60 years to kill you if you contract asbestosis but if you get mesalthemiona you may die between 10-30 years
I've watched the video and I respect and pray for the folks who still are alive. My life has been altered forever, because of working with asbestos products. I have little doubt most of us never knew the truth about the silent killer. I've lost many relatives and good friends because of the lies we were told. For a long time here in the USA, they salvaged some life in the manufacturing and sales of joint compounds and other building products. The stamp on asbestos products here were labeled "NON-ASBESTOS" . What this term means is this; we add no asbestos to our products. However, mining of quartz, gypsum, mica and other minerals used in the fire-proofing and joint compound process, still leaves a significant amount of the material in our finished for sale containers. Asbestos occurs along, ingrained with or otherwise attached to minerals that are essential to satisfactory production of these products. The stuff is still killing people and will continue to do so, until this method of production is changed forever. I hope I live long enough to see my grandkids grow up. Peace be with you!
That would be Joint Compound, used to tape and finish drywall. It comes in 5 gallon containers. I'm not convinced that isn't still being introduced. Fire rated Wallboard used mostly in a commercial setting, hallways and areas that need extra fire containment for evacuation purposes. That was loaded with it. Also, metal, wood and other types of doors, labeled "Fire Rated" contain slabs of asbestos. Most aren't bored or trimmed (cut-off). In commercial situations, floors are rarely level, and for a door to swing properly the bottom has to be cut down. During that process the asbestos fibers saturate the air. The very same for steel doors! Ceiling tile, floor tile, black floor tile glue and caulks of many types. Steel beams that are the backbone of high rise buildings, have been sprayed with a thick layer of asbestos so in a hot fire the steel won't melt and the load above, crashes down. 9/11/2001, World trade centers 1 & 2, when the jets entered the buildings, the asbestos covering the steel was blown off leaving the steel exposed to tremendous heat. That's why the buildings fell. For me, I believe the terrorist knew this would happen. Careful planning went into this horrific plot, they had to know because they needed fully fueled jets! I hope this helps!
Hey mate, thanks for your comment. I know you don't wanna name the company or anything , but I was curious when you said 'containers' were you referring to shipping containers, the sealants for them?
Or just general trade containers, if you don't wanna be specific that's cool, but I'm curious, having had my near fatal death with the big 'C' i'm always looking for what to warn people to avoid.
There's carcinogens in so much we buy, like, ridiculous, on purpose seeming levels. Anyway if you can let us know the type of container, not the company, I'd be really grateful.
It's news to me that asbestos is an unavoidable part of many sealants and adhesives, but doesn't surprise me in the least. Just can't trust any company bigger than a single family with your health, just marketing and profit to nearly all of them.
I worked in the mill at Wittenoom Gorge packing asbestos fiber into bags. The mill was a cloud of dust and we were supposed to wear those flimsy little dust masks as if that would do any good. When I made enough money to move down the track, off I went. The place sure looks different now. The video brought back lots of memories of my youth.
Where's Mario? Just got back from Wittenoom first time vistit, probably one of the best experiences I've ever had!! It changed my perspective 180, not what the government perceives it to be!! this place really gets you thinking...
I enjoyed that very much, thanks for the upload. Heartening to see these strong-willed people developing an even stronger love for their town, despite (and probably because of) ..the government's attempts to erase it from the map. The powers that be even bought the pub just to demolish it!
My cousin lives in Exmouth on the North West Cape , would love to go back soon, was amazing to walk straight off the beach and snorkel on Ningaloo Reef, love the place (apart from the flies lol) , would love to pop into this place when back over ..
+Adventures With Wild Kooda Bill Nope, it's been taken off the map and there's warnings everywhere but I believe you can still enter the town. Last time I checked, 3 people were still living there. It's estimated about 30 tourists pass through there a day, and some still camp in Wittenoom Gorge
I think the whole town is basically locked out now mate, no one can go there, around 20 miles from the town is locked gates... but I may be wrong... personally I would not go there, that is to the actually town. But the surrounding area is beautiful, don't forget Australia is a massive country full of beautiful everywhere, especially in the Northern Regions.
Very interesting and moving Mini Doc Billy .
Wonder if there's less or more people now ?
The region so desolate and Nature taking over again. With the Asbestos Risk label , is this area protected forever . Or when the residents are no more . Will it just become pure nature or will the Government use the location for Who knows what ?
+djpuffthethird I'd say some of these people are pushing up daisies now mate see info on wittenoom here http://tinyurl.com/zjl5pw5
As of 2015 the population is now 6
One day I will go back there
i doubt its ever been hit by a coil to much, it would be something else, i had family members working in the Coal mines in West Virginia, USA die from black lung, and other crap they breathed in while working in the mines.
+DetectingArizona Yes mate, I have been there in the late 90's / early 2000 and it was truly amazing...one day I will go back and yes it would be a massive treasure trove of relics, coins... you name it...EVERYTHING! Imagine detecting that old pub site!
My beautiful Uncle worked on the Blue Asbestos Mine there ... and it killed him from mesothelioma
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In outback Wittenoom, life is becoming increasingly insular. The government claims this ex-asbestos mining town is polluted, attempting to shut the town down by bulldozing buildings and cutting off power. Now nature is taking over. Yet eight determined residents of the once boom-town remain.
Directed by Caro Macdonald
Sound Recording by Elizabeth Hoyle
Stills Photography by Tobias Titz
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