Asbestos cleanup is expensive. The fibers have to be handled carefully so they don’t escape into the area and cause cancer. Workers also have to be protected during the cleanup efforts. But the cost sometimes makes shady construction crews hide the fact there is asbestos. Here’s a story from Cleveland.com about a crew that got caught.
A garbage company was leasing a building in 2011 to hold municipal garbage and paper waste. In 2012, the building was full, so the company bought out the building and were planning on demolishing it. The company was required to submit an application affirming that the building was inspected and had no asbestos. The company’s local contact did affirm the building was free of asbestos, but it was a lie.
The city rejected the application for demolition saying it was incomplete, but under orders of the owner of the garbage company, the local contact began demolition anyway, releasing asbestos fibers into the air. Worse, it was near an elementary school.
Now the federal government has wrapped up its case. The local contact was the last person to be tried. The owner of the company and other related people to the case have already been tried and convicted. The local contact has been charged with violating the Clean Air Act, along with several unrelated charges.
The estimated cost to remove asbestos from the building would have been around $1.5 million.
You can’t take shortcuts when it comes to asbestos. It is too dangerous to the public and to workers. If you have contracted asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma, contact John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation.