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U.S. Steel Sees $170K in Fines for Exposing Workers to Asbestos, Risking Mesothelioma

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For the second time in the past five years, American industrial giant U.S. Steel Corp. has been hit with fines for exposing its employees to the hazardous material asbestos. Asbestos is widely known as a potent carcinogen and the single source of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. In the year 2011, federal regulators found that the company had several asbestos violations in its plant located in Clairton, Pennsylvania, and assessed a fine of $6,750 against them. Now the fines are substantially larger, totaling $170,000, and the violations are more serious: the regulators say that the company knowingly exposed workers to the toxic material.

According to a written statement provided by Christopher Robinson, director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Pittsburgh office,

“Once again we have found U.S. Steel Corp. failed to protect its employees from the serious risks of asbestos exposure. Breathing airborne asbestos fibers can cause lung damage that often progresses to disability and possible death.”

Asbestos is a fiber that has been used for centuries as a result of its strength, durability, and resistance to heat and flame. Though it was a staple in American industrial settings in the first half of the twentieth century, after its toxicity was established its use was largely discontinued and rigorous regulations were put in place to protect workers from its effects. Unfortunately, those who had been exposed to the material prior to these protections are at high risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, and so are those who continue to be exposed as a result of current violations.

The OSHA report indicates that the United Steelworkers union raised concerns to U.S. Steel in the first quarter of 2016 regarding several plant workers having been asked to work with materials that contained asbestos. The company reportedly responded that their concerns were baseless. According to Michael Wright, director of health, safety, and environment for the union, “They need to stop telling us, ‘Don’t worry it’s not asbestos,’ when it really is.”

Callous disregard for the safety of workers has been at the root of asbestos exposure for decades, and it is unfortunate that even now when the dangers of asbestos are so widely understood, companies continue to put workers in harm’s way. For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, recourse is available by filing a mesothelioma lawsuit against those responsible for their condition. The attorneys at Danziger & De Llano are experienced mesothelioma lawyers who understand the damage that you have suffered and will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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