A construction company is being fined $132K by the state of Indiana for federal violations involving the removal and disposal of asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was once used extensively in construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive products. Inhaling or swallowing even the smallest amounts of deadly asbestos fibers can lead to an asbestos-related disease, including asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma.
According to the Madison Courier, the Indiana Department of Labor found that Ford Lumber & Building Supply Inc. in southern Indiana committed 16 violations during a project in which its workers removed asbestos insulation from hot water pipes. Incredibly, the company failed to provide even the minimum of safety standards to protect workers from mesothelioma. It did not provide them with respirators and even allowed them to clean up the dusty, dangerous killer asbestos with brooms and dustpans.
Companies like Ford Lumber & Building Supply Inc. have been putting workers at risk of asbestos exposure for many years. As mesothelioma has a long latency period which can be as long as 40 years, some cases of negligent asbestos exposure are only now manifesting into full-blown mesothelioma from exposure that happened as far back as the 1960s. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma as a result, you may be eligible for a mesothelioma settlement.