OSHA Fines New York Company for Mishandling Asbestos

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed more than $83,000 in fines for an Albany-based asbestos removal company that allegedly exposed workers to asbestos on a roofing material removal project.

According to this story in the Albany Times Union, OSHA investigators have issued nine violations to the company, based on an August 2012 inspection. Of those nine violations one — the failure to track potential asbestos exposures daily — was classified as “willful.” This means it was committed with conscious disregard, or with indifference to the workers’ safety, according to OSHA’s definition.

“Lorice Enterprises did not conduct an initial exposure assessment to determine exposure for the workers removing asbestos-containing roofing material, said OSHA’s area director in a press release. “Additionally, the employer did not utilize wet methods to ensure that asbestos did not become airborne, and failed to ensure head and eye protection for these workers.”

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