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Unsafe asbestos practices continued after warnings

Recently, a federal jury in a Pennsylvania court found a contractor guilty on all counts concerning charges of unsafe asbestos removal and disposal. The defendant in that case faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of as much as $1.5 million.

The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A special agent for the EPA was quoted as saying: "The defendant not only removed and disposed of asbestos illegally and unsafely, he continued to do so even after authorities warned him to stop."

So it seems that, no matter what the laws say or how much information remains available regarding the dangers of asbestos exposure, this message regarding the dangers of asbestos continues to be ignored by a large number of people. "There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos," the EPA special agent continued. "Its unsafe disposal endangers human health."

If anything, what this official states is an understatement. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are types of cancers that are incurable. The causation of such illnesses has only been traced back to asbestos exposure.

It remains an extremely frustrating situation when government authorities warn individuals about the consequences of violating the laws, and yet these same people continue conducting the same practices when it comes to asbestos and asbestos exposure. Perhaps even more frustrating is the fact that significant fines will do little to help victims of this asbestos exposure.

Lawsuits pursued by aggressive attorneys on behalf of injured clients may be the best current answer that we have. Those guilty of ignoring the consequences of asbestos exposure will both be hit by significant verdicts and, at the same time, forced to help victims of the asbestos exposure out.

Source: NJ.com, "Lumberton man convicted of asbestos violation in Philadelphia," by Jessica Beym, Jan. 18, 2013

  • A significant amount of information regarding asbestos litigation can be found at our Pittsburgh law firm's website.

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