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States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations


The city of Paterson, New Jersey is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for putting city workers at risk for deadly mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. A state labor department inspection determined that Paterson had committed 43 OSHA safety violations, including 13 “serious” violations related to asbestos removal. The labor department says the city failed to properly supervise, train or monitor employees charged with removing asbestos ceiling tiles from a city building. They’re also charged with failing to provide the workers with the proper safety equipment. Asbestos is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer. Workers exposed to the asbestos now face an increased lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma. Paterson could face fines of $4,500 per day … Continue reading States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations »

Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal

The Environmental Protection Agency says, when it is performed according to their stringent guidelines, asbestos removal (also called abatement) is safe.  But a group of New Jersey parents is taking no chances with the fiber known to cause mesothelioma. The parents in Leonia, New Jersey have won a fight with school administrators to delay asbestos removal at their local elementary school.   Like thousands of older school buildings throughout the country, the Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia was built using a number of asbestos-containing building materials, common until the 1980’s.  As long as these materials stay intact and are left in place, the EPA says they don’t pose a health threat to students or teachers.  But when asbestos begins to … Continue reading Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal »