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$50K fine imposed on Ontario municipality for exposing workers to asbestos

A fine worth $50,000 had been imposed on the Region of Waterloo in Ontario after it pleaded guilty to negligence that resulted in eight people’s exposure to asbestos dust while at the construction site, an article of 570 News reported on January 13.

According to reports, on October 2015, pumping station workers were exposed to vermiculite dust while drilling activities were conducted. Regional Chair, Ken Seiling told reports that the Ministry of Labour held the Region of Waterloo liable even though none of the workers were harmed. Seiling also said that there were no proper instructions given to workers before drilling walls and that they were not protected with safety gear or breathing devices.

In America alone, a hefty fine is imposed to negligent companies that endanger workers by exposing them to harmful asbestos. If you think this has happened to you, a skilled legal team may offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about your options.

Asbestos removal company alleged of defrauding Washington State

Due to several fraud suspicions related to asbestos waste disposal, five charges were recently filed against a company and its owner in Chelan County, a January 3 article of Construction & Demolition Recycling reported.

According to reports, Attorney General Bob Ferguson accused Timothy Powell of giving falsified papers regarding asbestos abatement jobs done by his company, A1 Asbestos LLC. Powell’s company reportedly attempted to reduce production costs by avoiding the necessary worksite safety inspections required by the state’s Department of Labor & Industries. Charges revealed that A1 Asbestos had paid a single asbestos disposal fee to a dump site by combining the removed asbestos from several projects into one. Powell could face imprisonment of up to five years and may need to settle a $5,000 fine if found guilty of the charges.

Asbestos is a hazardous cancer-causing mineral that should be disposed properly to prevent its dust from being inhaled. People who have been diagnosed with cancer that can be traced to asbestos exposure should know that they may consult a lawyer to increase the chances of getting compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Lawsuit claims Paterson schools negligently handled asbestos

A former Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Paterson has filed a lawsuit against her former employer due to concerns that asbestos was wrongfully handled in schools with nearly 30,000 students and staffs, an article of nj.com reported on December 7.

Brenda Zemo was relieved from her post after filing a complaint against her employer. In her lawsuit, Zemo claimed her superior, Executive Director Steve Morlino, was negligent and did not enlist qualified personnel when removing asbestos in school facilities. Zemo’s lawsuit then claimed that Morlino’s negligence resulted in several environmental violations, such as hiring unlicensed individuals to remove asbestos-laden debris.

Many families are left struggling when companies become negligent in handling asbestos removal in construction or renovation projects. Asbestos has been known to cause mesothelioma cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, find out what to do by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Canadian government urging total asbestos ban

Government officials in Canada recently announced they will take action to prevent asbestos from entering the country because the mineral has been linked to fatalities in the workplace, a report of CBC News stated on December 7.

Reports revealed that since 2011 Canada no longer exported asbestos and shut down asbestos mining the following year. However, the country went from importing $4.7 million worth of asbestos in 2011 to importing $8.2 million worth of asbestos four years later. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff reported the government is now fully aware of asbestos hazards, so they are acting to totally eradicate asbestos.

Asbestos is known to be a popular mineral due to its fire retardant properties and durability. However, it can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if its fibers go airborne and enter the lungs. If you want to learn more about the dangers of asbestos, speak with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

What are the two types of asbestos?

Asbestos minerals have been widely used in many industries due to its characteristics that could strengthen materials and make it fire or electric resistant. It is a mineral found in rocks and soils and is mainly made of oxygen and silicon. People should know that asbestos can be classified into two types based on their minuscule fibers.

Asbestos can be classified as “chrysotile” when the fibers are seemed to intertwine with each other spirally. Chrysotile only comes in white color and it is considered to be the common asbestos type used in construction. The second type of asbestos is “amphibole” and it could be distinguished from chrysotile if the fibers look similar to needles. Amphibole asbestos has five subtypes depending on the fiber color appearance.

Though asbestos has proven its effectiveness in strengthening materials used in everyday lives, it has been linked to a rare lung cancer called mesothelioma. Such cancer has no cure and a patient diagnosed with it may only live for a couple more months. If you want to know more about asbestos and its hazards, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer.

Former Tennessee senator Albright afflicted with mesothelioma

Former Tennessee legislator, senator Ray Albright, is expected to live only for a couple more months after being informed that he has mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer associated with asbestos that he inhaled from his work 40 years ago, a November 16 article for News Channel 9 reported.

The former senator, in his younger years, worked as a steel cutter for Combustion Engineering. Albright narrated that heavy dust particles would envelop his workplace while he or his coworkers were using a band saw to make boiler covers and he was not aware that the dust contained asbestos. Hundreds of former workers of Combustion, including Albright, have filed a lawsuit against their employer and other parties whom they think were liable for their asbestos exposure. Albright told reports that his doctor told him that he might live for about six months.

Unfortunately, mesothelioma cancer currently has no known cure and people who have been diagnosed with the disease often survive for only a couple of months. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, working with a skilled lawyer is important for you to possibly get compensation. Get in touch with an asbestos lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Cayuga Centers settles $8K fine over improper asbestos removal

New York-based organization Cayuga Centers agreed to settle a fine of more than $8,000 following an investigation of their facility in Auburn. According to a November 11 report of auburnpub.com, the company violated proper asbestos removal techniques.

According to reports, a total of $8,016.75 in fines were settled by Cayuga Centers after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accused them of “seriously” violating proper asbestos removal during a renovation project at their facility on Hamilton Avenue. OSHA concluded that four people were potentially exposed to asbestos as a result of the violation. Though the CEO of Cayuga Centers, Edward Hayes, acknowledged in June that asbestos was detected in their facility, the amount was not considered hazardous and the company believes none of the employees were exposed.

When companies violate proper asbestos removal procedures, workers are at a high risk of suffering from fatal mesothelioma disease. However, consulting a skilled attorney could be a viable option to help you obtain compensation for your ailments. Get in touch with a representative today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Family of mechanic to receive $12.5M after asbestos kills loved one

$12.5 million in compensation was recently awarded by a Manhattan jury to a family whose loved one died of lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, an article of the New York Post reported on November 4.

Reports revealed former Caterpillar employee George Cooney, 67, died from lung cancer in 2014. In the lawsuit filed by his family, George was initially exposed to asbestos while he worked for Caterpillar as a mechanic. Caterpillar was known to sell products containing asbestos. Even after the jury became aware of George’s lifestyle as an excessive smoker, their decision was based on a 1968 study that concluded smokers have a higher risk of dying from lung cancer when exposed to asbestos compared to non-smokers. Though Caterpillar was liable for George’s death, they will settle 55 percent of the award as the jury believed George’s lifestyle also contributed to his death.

Unfortunately, asbestos is known to be hazardous when inhaled by anyone, even those who are considered healthy. If you believe you developed an illness linked to asbestos exposure, working with a skilled legal team is critical to help you receive the compensations you need for recovery. Speak with a skilled attorney today by filling out the contact form on this page to find out how you could pursue damage claims against negligent parties.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment option discovered in Vienna

Researchers in Vienna have discovered another option for treating malignant pleural mesothelioma, an article of News Medical reported on October 24.

According to reports, the rare type of cancer could be treated with the chemotherapy drug trabectedin. Researchers from Vienna General Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna found evidence of trabectedin’s effectiveness using an animal model and cell culture. There are approximately 90 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases in Austria every year, and many more will continue to suffer from the disease. The findings of the researchers were published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Asbestos exposure is often linked to malignant pleural mesothelioma and it is usually fatal in nature. Though there are treatment options available, they are often expensive, but an attorney can work for you to help you earn compensation for the costs. Learn more about your options from an asbestos legal counsel today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Asbestos testing firm in Wisconsin facing stiff fine from OSHA

An asbestos testing service provider based in Poynette was recently accused of committing 13 safety violations after five of their employees fell ill while working in a nursing home facility, a report of Channel 3000 stated on October 19.

Agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportedly discovered that A&A Environmental Services committed serious violations while their workers were renovating a nursing home in New Glarus. Workers in the area likely came into contact with high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) and asbestos, OSHA said. Reports revealed that the workers were not qualified to do the jobs because they were not trained in working with such hazards. If proven guilty of multiple violations, A&A will need to settle $243,716 worth of fines. OSHA has given them 15 days to either argue or settle the fine imposed on them.

Toxic minerals, such as asbestos, can cause serious illness to workers. If you believe you developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, a legal counsel should represent you. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page to learn more about your legal options.

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