Spencer Abatement Services, Inc., an asbestos removal company operating out of Puyallup, WA has recently been fined by Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries. The fines, totaling more than $400,000, concern asbestos removal that was performed at a former Lynnwood, WA high school and an Olympia, WA Transportation Department building. The contention is that the company did not appropriately follow safety regulations and workers were unsafely exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that, when disturbed, creates dust that can be inhaled and cause a variety of health problems including mesothelioma. Prior to public awareness concerning the potential health issues, asbestos was added as an ingredient to construction products for its resistance to heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage. Because asbestos poses such dangerous health risks, special care must be taken in its removal from construction sites and ensuing disposal. These additional measures and expenses can sometimes lead to illegal asbestos removals.
The state is arguing that the company was removing asbestos that was not properly contained and not wet with water as rules require. In addition, workers on the job sites were not provided with a contamination area to shower and put on fresh clothes. The Washington authorities are reporting that the dust at the former Lynnwood High School site even caused one worker to seek medical attention for breathing problems.
Have you or a loved one been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma? A mesothelioma lawyer may be able to assist.