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Pennsylvania company fined $490K for violating asbestos law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an insulation company in York, PA for willfully violating asbestos law, ABC 27 News stated on April 23.

According to reports First Capital Insulation Inc. is being ordered to a pay penalty of $490,000 after allegations that they allowed their three workers to be exposed to asbestos while extracting thermal pipe insulation from a Harrisburg house built in 1928. OSHA told reporters that companies should take special precautions against asbestos exposure when working on thermal pipe insulations in establishments built several decades ago. OSHA agents also found that the company failed to check the proper fitting of their workers’ respirators.

Sadly many workers suffer from fatal respiratory illness called mesothelioma as a result of their employers’ negligence in protecting them from being exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been harmed by wrongful asbestos exposure, it may be wise to get in touch with a skilled attorney of the Mesothelioma Resource Center. Learn more about how a member of our legal team can help you obtain both financial compensation and justice by filling out the contact form a the top of this page.

Modified asbestos bill may limit victims’ claims

A group of lawyers are criticizing the amended asbestos bill recently signed Governor Doug Ducey, claiming it will limit the compensations that should be given to asbestos victims, The Island Packet reported on April 11.

Governor Ducey reportedly signed the amended House Bill 2603 to further promote fairness and transparency in asbestos litigation. Under the amended bill, people filing lawsuits after being harmed by asbestos should give a sworn statement announcing any current or future claims they may file. In certain situations, businesses that are being sued may possibly prolong court proceedings by asking a judge to delay it if the victim could file a claim through one of the many trust funds set up for asbestos victims. The governor signed the bill days after national asbestos awareness week.

People unfortunately develop asbestosis or mesothelioma, a rare cancer, after being exposed to asbestos over a period of time.If this has happened to you, and you believe that negligent companies are liable, get in touch with a lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page. An asbestos attorney may help you determine your eligibility to pursue funds to pay for past and future medical expenses and other damages.

Cleveland man enters guilty plea for violating environmental laws

An owner of several garbage-hauling businesses in the Cleveland area entered a guilty plea after being charged with Clean Air Act violations, an article on cleveland.com reported March 27.

Business owner Christopher Gattarello pleaded guilty for his involvement in demolishing the National Acme Building. He apparently submitted permission to demolish the building, and then, when rejected, proceeded with the demolition anyways. This may be due to the estimated cost of proper asbestos removal which would have totaled approximately $1.5 million for the job. Reports said asbestos particles may have reached a school and houses in Glenville due to the demolition. Gattarello is expected to receive his sentence on June 19.

Many people develop mesothelioma due to negligent company owners violating asbestos laws. If you want to learn more information about asbestos hazards and how a lawyer may help you seek compensation for your suffering, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.      

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