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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.

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.

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.

City of Orlando avoided fines after asbestos exposure issue

A recent court hearing concluded that the Orlando Fire Department and the city will no longer need to settle fines in connection to an asbestos violation that resulted in the exposure of their crews, a September 13 article of WFTV9 reported.

According to reports, the fire department and the city of Orlando were asked to settle $25,000 for every asbestos violation after crews were exposed to asbestos in February at a training facility on Mercy Drive. Deputy Chief Gerald Lane said the recent hearing compelled the fire department to organize a training program to help improve their communication. Lane noted the fire department does not have any immunity from the affected fire crew members who wish to file damage claims, but he feels the case’s verdict was beneficial for everyone.

Asbestos is a fire-retardant mineral that has been banned due to its carcinogenic nature. People often suffer from a serious respiratory illness called mesothelioma after accidentally inhaling asbestos. However, if you believe unlawful asbestos exposure happened to you, seeking a lawyer’s help can also be a beneficial way to help you obtain compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Indiana postal service potentially exposed employees to asbestos

At least four citations were given to a U.S. Postal Service office in West Baden Springs due to allegations that an employee was exposed to hazardous asbestos dust at work, an August 8 article of Indiana Public Media reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a $49,720 fine to the postal service office to compensate for four alleged violations. The agency is charged with failure to clean asbestos-laden debris, failure to properly identify materials with asbestos, failure to train workers to become aware of asbestos hazards, and improper cleaning of asbestos-laden debris. OSHA said in June that a postal service office worker was exposed to tiles containing “15 percent chrysotile asbestos.”

Workers who have accidentally inhaled asbestos dust in the workplace are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which affects the lungs. Though this rare cancer is fatal in nature, there are medications available that can prolong the lives of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about asbestos hazards, feel free to fill out the contact form on this page.

Century-old shipyard in Wisconsin alleged of exposing workers to asbestos and lead

A shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin was alleged of committing 29 violations that resulted in their workers being exposed to asbestos minerals and lead toxins, an article of Star Tribune reported on August 1.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to impose a $1.4 million worth of fine to Fraser Shipyards after 14 of their workers recently tested positive for high levels of lead. Fraser reportedly was alleged of deliberately putting their workers at risk of lead exposure in a retrofitting job last winter by not providing them sufficient training. The citations also revealed that Fraser also exposed their workers to asbestos minerals in the year 2000. The company’s president identified as James Farkas stated that OSHA’s allegations were untrue as they have acted immediately in addressing workplace issues.

When employers become negligent in their duty to promote safety in the workplace, their workers are at high risk of developing mesothelioma cancer in a workplace with asbestos. As there is no concrete cure for mesothelioma, working with a lawyer could be beneficial for victims to possibly get the financial assistance needed for treatments. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about your options.

Project manager accused of asbestos violation in Illinois

A demolition project manager from Sherman, Illinois was recently accused of negligence for how he handled an asbestos removal job on a project he facilitated in Springfield, a report of Great Lake Echo stated on June 20.

Midwest Demolition and Scraps Inc. manager Joseph Chernis IV was charged with hiring an unqualified staff to remove the asbestos-laden pipes at a vacant Cargill/Pillsbury facility in 2014 and 2015. Asbestos dust reportedly went airborne as the unqualified staff wrongfully removed and dumped debris containing asbestos. The asbestos-laden debris was placed in garbage bags and two uncovered containers. Chernis, who was held in contempt of the court for falsifying his statements in court, may face harsh penalties that could include imprisonment and hefty fines.

Asbestos is a toxic material that is associated with fatal respiratory illnesses when accidentally inhaled. If you want to know more about the risks of asbestos exposure in the workplace, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

4 Massachusetts companies facing $129K fine for improper asbestos handling

Four companies in Worcester are expected to settle a $129,000 fine for improper asbestos handling during demolition projects, an article of patch.com stated on April 1.

According to reports, Patriots Environmental failed to comply with safety precautions and proper procedures for asbestos handling while conducting demolition projects. The company allegedly was negligent while removing materials from a house that contained asbestos. The lawsuit, originally filed by the Attorney General’s Office in 2014, was later amended after it became apparent that the owner of Patriots Environmental also owns three other companies, one of which failed to settle a $54,000 fine after being assessed by environmental authorities. The companies were given until November 2018 to settle the fine.

Negligence in asbestos handling during demolition or construction works, according to Attorney General Maura Healey, may result in serious health hazards. Asbestos inhalation can cause mesothelioma, a rare respiratory cancer that is often fatal. However, if you think that you have contracted mesothelioma due to other parties’ negligence, a lawyer may work on your behalf. Find out how an asbestos lawyer may possibly help you get treatment funds by filling out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Citations issued to San Antonio employers for asbestos violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued citations to three renovation contractors in San Antonio for exposing their employees to asbestos in the workplace. According to reports, Roscoe Properties Inc. and FBZ Broadway LP were both cited by OSHA for violations of deliberate negligence in detecting the amount of asbestos in a workplace. OSHA also cited One Eighty Construction for insufficiently training their workers in proper asbestos removal techniques. Employees of all three commercial real estate renovation firms were believed to have been exposed to asbestos while working on an apartment complex.

OSHA director for the San Antonio area, Alejandro Porter, had harsh words for the contracting firms, saying “There is simply no excuse for continuing to expose workers to this danger.” Porter also said that employers are responsible for ensuring that their workers are protected from such hazards.

Sadly, an unfortunately high rate of construction and renovation workers are exposed to asbestos, and many contract mesothelioma as a result. If you are suffering from this devastating respiratory illness, contact our legal team today by filling out the information form so that we can get in touch with you to discuss your situation.

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