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Asbestos Violations Puts Workers, Residents and Students at Risk for Mesothelioma

Failure to comply with federal asbestos regulations  has cost two New England companies a total of $215,000 in fines, and leaves both residents and workers with the very real fear of being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at some time in the future. The fines represent a settlement of charges against Quincy-based contractor Dellbrook Construction, LLC and New Hampshire-based asbestos abatement company A-Best Abatement, Inc. The companies were hired to do construction and abatement work at Harbor Place, a new development project near the University of Massachusetts Lowell satellite campus, but instead of adhering to state and federal laws, both companies spread asbestos throughout the area in a variety of ways.

Asbestos exposure is what causes malignant mesothelioma, as well as numerous other serious and fatal diseases. According to evidence submitted in the case, the two companies were in violation of both the state’s clean air law and federal regulations governing the safe handling of asbestos. They failed to exercise care in dealing with an underground pipe that was contaminated with asbestos, allowing it to be rushed into small pieces and scattered around the property. They also failed to notify the Department of Environmental Protection after the incident took place. According to the Attorney General’s Office, they also allowed removal of asbestos-contaminated materials from a building that was being renovated without taking the proper steps of sealing or ventilating the work areas in order to minimize asbestos exposure.

Additional charges make it clear that the risk of asbestos exposure to the community and the companies’ employees were extensive. The companies left asbestos on a basement and improperly stored asbestos-contaminated materials in a waste trailer.  Speaking of the incident, Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg said, “General contractors and asbestos abatement compares have a duty to faithfully follow the laws and regulations that are designed to protect the environment and public health. When they don’t, the commonwealth will hold them accountable.”

Asbestos exposure can happen in many different circumstances, and can still occur today. If you or someone you love has been sickened as a result of the carelessness of an asbestos company, construction company or employer, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net for valuable information. We can be reached at  1-800-692-8608.

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