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Asbestos exposure central focus of hearings in another state

When it comes to asbestos removal, there are strict safety regulations set in place to minimize potential risks associated with possible exposure. It's illegal to remove asbestos from a building without adhering to existing protocol. However, just because there is a law prohibiting certain behaviors and requiring others, doesn't mean everyone in Minnesota will follow it. In fact, there's an ongoing situation in another state where building developers are accused of placing workers at risk for asbestos exposure after having them remove flooring containing the dangerous material. 

The lead developer in the project has been fined more than $1 million. Another man working as the lead project manager in this particular situation has also been fined. However, he has hired an attorney to protect his rights, claiming he was deceived and not properly informed. Officials say workers were instructed to remove the tiles from the building but were not provided any protective clothing or breathing apparatus.

County health representatives say they're coming down hard on those who failed to adhere to the law regarding asbestos removal to send a clear message and prevent such incidents from happening again. The attorney representing the project manager said his client was set up and was completely unaware anything illegal was occurring. He said his client was told appropriate permission was granted for the job and that possible asbestos risk was little to none. 

Time will tell if the apparent asbestos exposure workers may have suffered on the job results in health problems. In the past, such situations have been linked to insidious cancers and other illnesses. A Minnesota attorney experienced in asbestos litigation can assist anyone in this state with questions or concerns about a particular situation.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "Developers Face Hearing For Massive Asbestos Removal", Andy Sheehan, Aug. 7, 2017

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