Asbestos removal company cited for putting workers, public at risk

6 Aug 2018 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Asbestos removal company cited for putting workers, public at riskThe Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited an asbestos removal contractor and threatened to decertify the company for demonstrating “a continuous indifference to Washington’s handling rules which protect workers and the public from harm,” Anne Soiza, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said in a statement.

Above & Beyond Asbestos Removal of Edmonds, Washington, was inspected by L&I on two separate occasions, during which inspectors found numerous willful violations. One worksite where violations were found included the emergency removal of boiler insulation. The other involved the removal of asbestos popcorn ceiling material in a single-family residence. Inspection reports show that in both cases workers did not use proper safety equipment, air sampling tests were not performed, and asbestos-containing material was exposed to public areas.

The company is under review and faces $229,700 in fines. “This fine delivers a clear message that asbestos is a deadly hazard and we won’t tolerate any company that doesn’t follow the rules to keep the public and workers safe,” Soiza said in a statement.

Above & Beyond Asbestos Removal has been cited before by L&I and is classified as a severe violator, meaning inspectors may conduct follow-up inspections at any of the company’s facilities at any time.

Asbestos is a strong, fire resistant mineral that was widely used in building materials and insulation until the 1980s. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and if disturbed can become airborne for days, making them easily inhaled or swallowed. The fibers can lodge in the lungs or abdomen where over time they can develop into serious lung ailments including lung cancer and , a type of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and other internal organs.

Because asbestos is carcinogenic, there are laws and restrictions asbestos companies must follow during asbestos abatement.

Source: Insurance Journal

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