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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, 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.

Ways to prevent mesothelioma at home

Families are often devastated upon learning that their loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma disease. As it has been proven that mesothelioma can be developed as a result of asbestos exposure, families at home may want to implement the following safety procedures to protect themselves from this fatal disease.

If renting an apartment unit, try to find out when the building was constructed. Buildings and homes that were made several decades ago likely have been built using asbestos-laden materials due to its fireproof properties. Families who suspect that their home contains asbestos materials should prevent the material from getting damaged to avoid dusts from the asbestos contaminating the air. Old floor tiles that contain asbestos, for example, should not be scratched by frequently moving furniture inside the house. For those who are unsure if their home contains asbestos, there are professionals who are trained to detect asbestos. Individuals who have loved ones whose workplaces are confirmed to have asbestos should clean themselves first and change clothes before going home to prevent bringing home asbestos.

For families who want to know more about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure at home, simply fill out the contact form at the top of this page to get in touch with a legal counsel.

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.

$650K asbestos settlement reached after death of plaintiff

A settlement of $650,000 was recently awarded to the estate of a former Montana worker months after he died of mesothelioma cancer due to prolonged asbestos exposure.

According to reports, the victim, Lauren DuPuis, was a janitor at the Yellowstone County courthouse since the 1980s. It was there that he was exposed to asbestos and later became “permanently disabled” after developing mesothelioma. DuPuis died in July after filing a civil complain against the County in April.

DuPuis’ civil complaint reached a decision in November, months after he passed away. His lawyers acknowledged the settlement on their client’s behalf, and the money will go to the deceased’s estate. 

Mesothelioma is a rare fatal cancer, the only known cause of which is the inhalation of asbestos dust. Even family member of individuals exposed to this harmful chemical may contract mesothelioma through contact with dust on clothes. If your family has been impacted by asbestos exposure or mesothelioma, get in touch with our attorneys by filling out our contact form and a representative will reach out to you with more information on how we can help. 

Students and school staff likely exposed to asbestos in Cedar Rapids

Reports coming from Iowa State authorities say that Washington High School students and employees were possibly exposed to harmful asbestos during a renovation project in 2014. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Cedar Rapids Community School District and an asbestos removal company failed to safely remove and treat asbestos-laden materials before conducting renovations.

A legal action is being planned by the DNR after discovering that students and school employees were placed at risk of exposure as many as three times during the renovation project. The school district claimed they never compromised the safety of their students and employees during the project, and officials have stated that there have been no reports of those involved testing positive for asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is an incredibly dangerous and pervasive chemical that can cause serious illnesses in those exposed to its dust. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatments and suffering. Find out how a lawyer may be able to help you today by filling out the contact form at 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.

Ohio school found with asbestos

The debris from a demolished building at an elementary school in Conneaut reportedly contained asbestos according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Star Beacon reported on September 11.

Linda Oros of the EPA stated that they found asbestos from the debris while the building at Amboy Elementary School was being demolished last August. The EPA was unable to measure the amount of asbestos from the building because they were not informed before the demolition was started. The EPA is requiring the demolition contractor to remove the debris and special actions will be done to avoid asbestos from contaminating the air. A charge of first-degree misdemeanor was filed against property owner Rudy Pryately Sr. after he neglected an order from a fire official. The EPA initially suspected the presence of asbestos in the school that was constructed several decades ago.

People unfortunately suffer from a rare and often fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the air. However, if you think this happens to you or to a loved one, financial assistance may possibly be given to you if negligent companies are liable. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos or how a lawyer may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

$3.5M awarded to children of mesothelioma victim

The Washington family of a woman who died of mesothelioma from inhaling second hand asbestos was ordered to receive $3.5 million worth of compensation for their loss, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reported on May 5.

Reports said Barbara Brandes died of mesothelioma on April 15 after she was diagnosed in February of last year. Brandes reportedly became exposed to asbestos while cleaning her husband’s asbestos-laden clothes. Brandes husband Raymond, who worked in a refinery, succumbed to several diseases, including asbestosis. Raymond was not aware that he was exposing his family to asbestos he gathered from his workplace. Raymond’s company was found guilty of negligence in King’s County Court after a recent trial. The Washington State considers the award to be the largest recorded for cases of second-hand asbestos exposure.

Family members unfortunately are at high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer if one of them works in occupations that are regularly exposed to asbestos. Though mesothelioma is fatal, people who acquire it may be given treatment funds if an employer was negligent. If you or your family members believe that you have been exposed to asbestos, get in touch with a lawyer today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page to find out how you may get help.

86% of schools in UK contaminated with asbestos

An alarming 86% of UK schools reportedly are contaminated with asbestos, possibly putting students and school staff members at risk for developing respiratory illnesses, reported on March 12.

The data requested by “Asbestos in Schools Group” revealed that asbestos is present in 9 out of 10 schools. Mesothelioma, a cancer developed from asbestos exposure, has killed 158 teachers over the last decade. Certain areas in schools were found to be more likely to contain asbestos dust, like in boiler rooms. Group campaigner Michael Lees, whose wife also died of Mesothelioma, continuously advocates for asbestos awareness. Experts in UK stressed the importance of having a management plan to safely remove asbestos minerals in schools.

Asbestos contamination in American premises is also putting people at risk of developing cancers that affect the respiratory system. If you or someone you know has been harmed by asbestos exposure and  you want to learn more about your legal recourse, fill out the contact form on the top of this page.

MDH study discloses new cases of miners afflicted with mesothelioma

An ongoing study by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) revealed that there are at least 21 new cases of miners who developed mesothelioma from their workplace, Fox 21 reported on February 17.

A total of 101 out of 69,000 iron miners employed during the 1930s and 1982 reportedly were identified to have mesothelioma cancer since the study was conducted prior to 2000. In earlier days, mining facilities often utilized commercial asbestos for insulation purposes and its removal is still ongoing. Minnesota Commissioner of Health’s Dr. Ed Ehlinger stated that they expect to see mesothelioma cases grow because individuals may notice signs of the cancer 4 or 5 decades after the time they were exposed to asbestos minerals.

Mesothelioma cancer caused by asbestos exposure is a fatal condition. If you believe you developed mesothelioma from your workplace after inhaling asbestos fibers, enlisting a lawyer could help you get financial assistance you need for medications. Find out how a lawyer may help you today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.





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