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Dozens of VA employees potentially exposed to asbestos in NY

An October 3 article of the Daily Messenger said approximately 38 employees at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Canandaigua, New York suspect they inhaled asbestos dust in their workplace.

According to reports, the Veterans Crisis Line expansion project was stopped by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the EPA due to concerns that asbestos mineral was negligently handled. The workers’ union later confirmed that the VA management had committed serious safety violations that put their employees at risk. The workers decided to file for their compensation benefits upon being informed of the VA negligence, the union confirmed. Though VA authorities in Canandaigua said none of their staffers were exposed to asbestos, they did say they are working with OSHA agents regarding the asbestos issue.

When asbestos particles enter the lungs, workers may suffer fatal respiratory illnesses such as mesothelioma. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos dust, getting help from a lawyer could be beneficial, especially if you believe negligent parties were involved. Get in touch with a representative today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Asbestos may be present in day care centers

Because children undergo extended critical developmental periods, they are at a high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer from exposure to asbestos. When new businesses, such as day care centers, take over old buildings with asbestos and fail to make the necessary renovations, people can unknowingly inhale the dangerous material or carry it home with them in the fabric of their clothes.

While the use of asbestos materials in buildings has been prohibited since the 1980’s, many old infrastructures have undergone minimal renovations that did not address the asbestos before being turned into modern businesses, such as day care centers. Even in buildings where asbestos has been removed from walls and floors, the material may linger in other areas, such as drain pipes. Children who attend these facilities on a regular basis are in danger of coming into direct of indirect contact with asbestos and suffering the consequences.

If you are interested in learning more about asbestos or mesothelioma, fill out the contact for at the top of this page. An attorney will reach out to discuss your situation and explore any possible legal options available to you.

Trucking firm to pay $150K for violating asbestos dumping law

A Salinas, California-based trucking company recently agreed to settle fines worth $150,000 in Monterey County for mishandling and improper disposal of debris that contained asbestos minerals, a September 23 article from KRON 4 stated.

According to reports, employees of Robles Trucking Quality Service, Inc. illegally hauled rubble from a demolished greenhouse that contained toxic asbestos minerals. Deputy District Attorney James Burlison stated that the Johnson Canyon Landfill in Gonzales where the debris was transported is not allowed to accept toxic wastes. The total amount of fines the trucking company will have to pay may be lessened by $30,000 if they properly dispose of the debris within the time period given to them by the court.

Environmental authorities and the federal law have proven that asbestos minerals can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if inhaled into human lungs. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, a lawyer may work for you if negligent parties are involved. Learn more about asbestos hazards and how a lawyer may help you today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Man with lung cancer gives warning on risks of asbestos exposure

A man suffering from mesothelioma after inhaling asbestos fibers is creating awareness on the early signs of being exposed to the hazardous material, The News reported on August 25.

Cancer patient Brian Cleal, 67, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008. Cleal’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease was linked to asbestos exposure and was confirmed by a CT scan. Brian is now suffering from mesothelioma, and narrated that during his younger years, his father came home every day from work as a dockyard driller fully covered with dust. His father was also diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Brian, working with several attorneys, is also part of Breathe Easy, and is promoting awareness on the health risks of asbestos exposure.

People who suffer health conditions linked to asbestos exposure also suffer from great financial loss due to the extensive medication and treatments they need to prolong their lives. If you believe that negligent companies are liable for your asbestos-related illness, a lawyer may be able to fight for you. Learn more of the risks of asbestos exposure and how you may seek help today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Developer pleads guilty to abestos violations, fined by EPA

A developer has recently plead guilty to asbestos violations that spur from the redevelopment project of a sawmill. The developer stated that he hired an unlicensed contractor in order to demolish an old building and when doing so, asbestos particles were sent into the air near a residential neighborhood.

After this occurred, the site was declared a Superfund by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and nearly$ 1.6 million was spent in order to clean up the area. When the cleanup process occurred, it was found that there was nearly 4 million pounds of asbestos on the site.

The developer entered a plea deal and was ordered to pay restitution for the cleanup, which totaled to $1.6 million. The 68-year-old man will also complete 300 hours of community service and will be placed on probation for three years. The property featured multiple buildings that had varying degrees of damage.

Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of the development of mesothelioma, a rare and serious lung cancer. To learn more about the affects of asbestos, visit the Mesothelioma help center website today by clicking here.

Federal judge rules on Chattanooga asbestos case

A federal judge recently ruled on an asbestos case in Chattanooga that was filed against three men who allegedly polluted the city with asbestos fibers during a demolition project at an old textile mill.

The three men faced time in a federal prison for supposedly violating the Clean Air Act. One man has been sentenced to four years in prison, another was sentenced to 20 months, and the last was sentenced to 18 months. Each man and their respective companies were also fined over $20,000 in restitution that must be paid to the Environmental Protection Agency. The three men are supposed to report to prison on November 16.

According to court documents, the demolition project took place between August 2004 and December 2005 and sent asbestos-containing dust throughout the city, mainly residential areas. One man was the property owner, another was the site foreman, and the third man was a demolition contractor. Together they were charged in a 10-count indictment with conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

If you have been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn more about your rights, contact the asbestos help center today.

Asbestos found at Washington high school, causes demolition delays

Asbestos was unexpectedly found during the demolition phase of a renovation at Wapato High School in Washington state, causing delays in the construction project at the school.

According to construction crews, the discovery has prompted an extension of the cleanup process at the school.  The remodeling project was supposed to be completed before the school year began, but it is now behind schedule.

Officials with the school have stated that the safety of students and teachers is not at risk, but managing the flow of students within the school is difficult. Fortunately, the  demolition phase that construction crews are currently working on is scheduled to be completed this week, and the next phase is supposed to begin shortly thereafter.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn more about the possible dangers associated with it, please visit the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Help website today at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Kentucky park renovation halted after asbestos discovery

A renovation of the pavilion at Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky, has uncovered asbestos in the structure’s roof shingles. This is expected to delay the project by several months.

Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion is an iconic area of the park, and nearly $45,000 was set aside to renovate the area. Unfortunately, the cost of the asbestos abatement adds up to an estimated $28,000 on top of the original amount.

Officials were obtaining bids on the project when the asbestos was found. Now, those campaigning for the renovation have to attempt to raise the additional funds.

If you or a loved one has asbestos in your home or office and would like to learn more about the dangers of asbestos exposure, contact us today or visit our site at http://www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org/.

Two indicted after Riverside asbestos removal

Two men were recently indicted on charges of improperly removing asbestos from a former hospital in Riverside.

According to court officials, the two men, ages 53 and 59, were charged with illegally removing asbestos without a license, using workers that were not qualified to do so, and failing to use the correct equipment when removing the carcinogenic.

The former hospital is a four story building that was used as a hospital between the years 1935 and 1995 and then a nursing home until 2005. The building was then vacant until its demolition in 2010. The contractors allegedly used inmates and day laborers to do the job and failed to follow state and federal laws that are put in place in order to remove the products safely.

 

Pasco High School begins to work on asbestos abatement

Beginning this week, Pasco High School will close certain areas in order for workers to remove asbestos from them.

As of right now, the school’s roof contains asbestos particles, which is now a known carcinogen. It was commonly used in building materials and can become very dangerous if is disturbed because it it can then lodge into the lungs.

According to the story in The News Tribune online, this type of asbestos is considered non-friable and it is more difficult to break apart, meaning that it is less dangerous. The workers will be wearing protective gear and the asbestos will be wet before it is removed.

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