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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.

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.

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.

Kaiser Gypsum to set up trust fund to handle pending asbestos claims

A North Carolina company facing thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits recently decided to create a “trust fund” to help them settle all pending claims, a report of mesothelioma.com said on October 4.

Reports said Kaiser Gypsum, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on September 30 in a federal court so they could eventually address the estimated 14,000 lawsuits filed against them by asbestos victims in the past years. The company, known for manufacturing various construction materials, was using “chrysotile asbestos” due to its effectiveness in strengthening their products. Since the 1970’s, there were over 38,000 lawsuits filed against Kaiser by people made ill as a result of asbestos exposure. As part of the bankruptcy, the company is expected to undergo reorganization by creating a “trust fund” for all the pending lawsuits. The company lost hundreds of millions worth of asbestos settlement, reports also said.

Asbestos exposure could result in fatal respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you accidentally inhaled asbestos, a legal counsel could help you figure out if can receive compensations you need for treatment. Simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with a lawyer.

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.

PA contractor sued for breach of contract suspicion and asbestos violations

A lawsuit was recently filed against a demolition contractor in Pennsylvania after they were accused of breaking a contract on a project last year and for being negligent in removing asbestos minerals, a September 20 article of the Weirton Daily Times reported.

The plaintiff, identified as Ronald Cross, is claiming that Unis Demolition breached a 2015 project contract by demolishing and conducting asbestos abatement in the old AIR building in New Cumberland. According to the lawsuit filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, Unis did not fulfill the terms of the contract with Cross and extracted metals from the facility considered valuable. Unis caused financial loss equivalent to $21,400 as a result of their actions. The demolition began in January 2015 and was stopped in April of the same year after authorities detected asbestos inside the facility. Agents from the Department of Environmental Protection later discovered Unis violated asbestos removal regulations. The company’s owners, identified as Joan Unis and Ralph Unis, were also identified as defendants in the lawsuit.

Such negligence, unfortunately, can cause fatal illnesses linked to asbestos exposure. However, if you or a loved one developed a respiratory illness as the result of someone else’s negligence with asbestos, a lawyer can help you obtain compensation. Fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a representative about your case.

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.

Trash bags filled with asbestos illegally left near children’s park

A community in Lancaster Way in the U.K. faced a potential threat after someone illegally dumped trash bags containing cancer-causing asbestos particles near a children’s park. Authorities began investigating the mess after a concerned citizen took photos of the area and posted them on Facebook, an August 22 article of Birmingham Mail reported.

Reports said 30-year-old Aaron Bradley was heading to work when he noticed the rubble and trash bags illegally scattered on the roadside. Bradley, who suspected the bags may contain asbestos, reportedly took pictures of the area and uploaded them on Facebook to warn residents. Bradley’s post alerted the Solihull Council, prompting them to deploy crews to investigate the area. In one of the photos posted, the clear trash bags together with other rubble were seen a few meters away from a residential area. In a second photo, white particles were seen from a punctured trash bag.

According to Bradley, a child exposed to asbestos may be diagnosed with lung cancer after 15 years due to someone else’s negligence. In the U.S. alone, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos dust. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how a legal counsel may be able to work for you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

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