Industry News April 2014

Vacant warehouse fires spark asbestos concerns

The Indy Channel
April 14, 2014
By Chris Proffitt

Over the course a year, three large fires have destroyed abandoned warehouses across Indianapolis. Each fire has highlighted health concerns for firefighters and the surrounding communities worried about asbestos.

Workers Exposed to Lead and Asbestos, Olivet Management Fined $2.3M

EHS Today
April 3, 2014
By Sandy Smith

Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company that owns the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in the Wingdale section of Dover Plains, N.Y., faces a total of $2,359,000 in proposed fines from OSHA, which cited the company for exposing its own employees, as well as employees for 13 contractors, to asbestos and lead hazards during cleanup operations in preparation for a tour of the site by potential investors.

Four Chatham schools to receive asbestos abatement
The State Journal Register
April 2, 2014
By Maggie Menderski

Four schools in the Ball-Chatham School District will undergo asbestos abatement this summer.

Asbestos clean-up continues
The Daily Reveille
April 2, 2014
By Lyle Manion

Asbestos-infested mud and water in the steam tunnels under campus pushed Facility Services’ clean-up project past the expected length of three weeks.

Monks’ Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings
NBC News
By Joseph Castro

Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings during the late 1100s, new research shows.

Two men get prison time for exposing Merced County students to asbestos
Merced Sun-Star
March 31, 2014
By Victor Patton

Two men convicted of exposing Merced County high school students to asbestos will soon be headed to prison.