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Asbestos exposure cleanup to be very expensive

In 2006, a man purchased a building that had contained a former power plant. His sons and others were working under his direction when they were reportedly told to remove pipes and other items from the building. They may not have realized it at the time, but doing so may have placed them at great risk for asbestos exposure because the pipes and other areas in the building contained high levels of the toxic materials. Those who work in Minnesota in buildings that are high-risk asbestos sites may wish to follow this case.

To make matters worse, a lot of the piping and other building materials were apparently sold as scrap metal, which means anyone who purchased it or came in contact with it may also have been exposed to asbestos. Since there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure, it is logical to assume that even a single incident can have negative health consequences. In 2013, Environmental Protection Agency representatives visited the former power plant.

They reported that the man's eldest son was there but was not wearing the proper safety gear required for asbestos protection. During a recent trial, prosecutors told the court that the building owner placed profit from stripping and selling scrap metal over the safety of his workers, including his own sons. The man is said to have entered a guilty plea in the federal courtroom, regarding asbestos violation charges against him.

The judge overseeing the asbestos exposure case sentenced the man to time in jail, as well as several months thereafter of house arrest and hundreds of hours of community service. The EPA stepped in to oversee the cleanup of the building, stating that it would take at least five months to properly remove dangerous asbestos-laden materials from the site. Any Minnesota worker who believes employer negligence has placed him or her at risk for asbestos injuries may wish to request a consultation with an attorney experienced in asbestos litigation.

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