Asbestos is still a legal product, though heavily regulated, and older asbestos installations still cause people to contract mesothelioma, a very deadly condition. Asbestos was an extremely popular fire retardant material, but working in buildings that still contain the substance are subject to a lot of federal regulation. When these regulations are flouted, it can lead to massive lawsuits.
A man in New York has pleaded guilty to violating federal asbestos work standards. In an attempt to save money, he didn’t comply with regulations to reduce asbestos exposure in a Rochester warehouse.
Inspectors from the New York State Department of Labor came to look at the warehouse. The inspector found workers around a large dumpster that was filled with asbestos waste material. None of the workers were wearing respirators and there was no warning signs. Later EPA criminal inspections found proof of mishandling of the substance, and interviews with the workers said that the convicted man offered to pay them in cash for removing the asbestos.
Asbestos is at its most dangerous when it’s getting removed from structures. Over time, the sheets of asbestos break down into microscopic fibers. When these fibers are inhaled, they cause mesothelioma.
The man now faces 15-21 months in prison, and could very well receive civil suits from the people he hired to clean up the asbestos.
Have you been exposed to asbestos fibers? Take action. Call John Foy & Associates to see if you could be eligible for compensation.