According to news reports, a Lumberton, New Jersey contractor is facing up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $1,500,000 for illegal removal and disposal of asbestos. The contractor was found to have ignored asbestos abatement regulations in order to save money and removed a boiler and numerous insulated pipes containing asbestos without following proper procedures. Unfortunately, this contractor’s actions are not uncommon, and the illegal actions of contractors regularly cause asbestos dust and particles to be released into the air causing serious risk of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
The state and federal governments have very specific regulations for the handling, removal and disposal of asbestos, as well as safety precautions for asbestos workers. Asbestos regulations are designed to minimize the asbestos released into the air and prevent asbestos exposure to workers and bystanders. Before commencing with any type of construction or renovation, a contractor must address the presence of asbestos and its abatement. Only accredited asbestos contractors with the proper training are permitted to do asbestos abatement. The New Jersey case demonstrates that while it is much more cost effective for contractors to ignore these regulations, violations of the regulations can bring criminal charges with serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the effects of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. The Philadelphia asbestos attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler have represented victims of asbestos exposure and their families for three decades. We have recovered multi-million dollar recoveries for many of our clients and will fight hard for the justice you deserve. To discuss your case with one of our experienced, knowledgeable asbestos attorneys, contact our offices at 800-369-0899 or submit a fee online form.