In May 2015, a union leader complained about the asbestos removal process in the basement of a county-owned building. William Rutland noticed welfare workers removing asbestos without the proper protective gear, a requirement put into place by the state Labor Department's Bureau of Public Employee Safety and Health, or PESH.
Do you believe your employer is keeping you safe while you are on the job? Even though OSHA has strict rules and regulations requiring employers to keep workers safe from toxic substances like asbestos, many companies fail to do so. When this happens, workers' compensation laws can help employees recover lost wages, expenses for medical bills, and more.
Recently, a 42-year-old Long Island man pleaded guilty to dumping tons of contaminated construction debris in four different locations. The debris contained hazardous substances including asbestos and pesticides.
Recently, real estate renovators in Texas were cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to asbestos at a San Antonio worksite.
Since the Environmental Protection Agency declared asbestos to be a hazard to human health in the late 1970s, many people think that exposure to the substance is a thing of the past. That is simply not the case. Today, many workers are exposed to asbestos on the job when employers violate the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's rules and regulations regarding the handling of asbestos-containing materials.
With Spring beginning, residents in rural areas are getting ready to burn their unwanted rubble from the winter months. Unfortunately, this routine maintenance can turn into a deadly situation if the individual is unaware of the laws and regulations set in place for the activity.
Cleaning up asbestos materials from an older home often requires the care and expertise of a professional abatement team. This is because asbestos fibers can cause fatal diseases if inhaled or ingested by an individual.
Recently, a Philadelphia contractor was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. Not only did Anthony Biello II neglect to notify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Management Services in the City of Philadelphia that he was removing asbestos from a Philadelphia church in 2009, he forged documents that indicated that he received approval for the job.
We often hear of employers being fined for asbestos violations on the job, but do you ever wonder who enforces those laws and regulations that are so often broken? Put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these regulations have been put into place to protect employees from asbestos exposure while at work.