On Thursday, JM Realty Management, Inc., a Boston-based real estate development and property management company, and its president John McGrail pled guilty to the improper removal and disposal of asbestos and other administrative violations.
The violations took place between 2005 and 2007 and centered on demolition and renovation work at three different properties in Massachusetts. Former employees testified that McGrail ordered them to perform the work and handle asbestos and asbestos containing products without proper training or safety materials.
“Those employees informed the attorney general’s office that asbestos-containing materials were transferred to a warehouse in South Boston, and thereafter asbestos debris was distributed in dumpsters at various Mayo Group properties around Boston for regular trash disposal. None of these locations were permitted for the disposal of asbestos waste.” The Worcester Telegram and Gazette wrote.
McGrail and JM Realty were ordered to pay $200,000 in fines and sentenced to three years’ probation. They must also provide asbestos awareness training to employees involved in their projects.
People who have worked in the construction industries, no matter the size or location of the project, may have an increased risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a mineral common in many building products, can release fibers and dust into the air when disturbed. When inhaled, an asbestos exposure can lead to a number of health problems. These include asbestosis and the following cancers: mesothelioma, lung, esophageal, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and pharyngeal.
It is recommended that people who have spent a significant period of time working in construction get a full physical evaluation by a medical doctor. Mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure, often takes 15-40 years to manifest and victims average only one year of life after diagnosis. Thus, it is important to catch the disease in its early stages. At-risk workers should pay close attention to any mesothelioma symptoms which include fluid in the lungs, chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe you were exposed to asbestos at a construction job site, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, please contact us for a free case evaluation. Mesothelioma attorneys have helped thousands of mesothelioma victims win compensation to cover last wages and medical costs. A qualified mesothelioma attorney can help you get the compensation that you and your family need and deserve. Asbestos law has become a crucial asset in the fight against the willful negligence that exposed people to asbestos.