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Demolition firm cited for asbestos removal violations

The demolition company responsible for tearing down Grovetown School last July was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged violations of asbestos removal, an article by the Augusta Chronicle reported on Wednesday, January 15.

According to the information gathered from OSHA, Augusta-based demolition firm Thompson Building and Wrecking Co. allegedly endangered their workers by improperly exposing them to asbestos after failing to mark areas in which asbestos-laden materials were being removed. OSHA also stated that the firm did not conduct airborne checks for asbestos.

The first violation resulted in a fine of $14,700. In addition to the first citation, OSHA allegedly fined the company $49,000 for deliberate failure to properly handle asbestos in a way that minimized exposure.

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