Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
For months last year municipal employees and correctional facility inmates stripped floor tiles containing asbestos from the second story of an office building under renovation at 133 Ellison Street in Paterson, NJ. OSHA has charged the city with 13 ‘serious’ health employee violations, according to an article from the Paterson Press dated April 22, 2013. The project was interrupted and closed off last December when asbestos was reported as an issue. Workers were exposed to lethal asbestos dust without knowledge, proper training or protection (http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/NJ_hits_Paterson_with_43_OSHA_violations_including_13_for_asbestos_removal.html).
The DOL (Department of Labor) inspection report, published in March, disclosed possible fines of $4,500 for each day that unchecked exposure was permitted especially if future compliance with New Jersey safety requirements is not enforced to the letter. Fines may still be imposed regardless of future cooperation, but no penalties have yet been ordered since the case is officially still open.
Because inmates, under authority of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP), were on the job the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department has ordered a separate investigation (http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/NJ_hits_Paterson_with_43_OSHA_violations_including_13_for_asbestos_removal.html).
Michael Jackson is president of the union representing Paterson’s Public Works Department.
According to an article in The Paterson Press dated April 22, 2013, Jackson “doesn’t expect the state to impose any fines because the city already has halted the renovation work involving the asbestos,” he told The Record’s Joe Malinconico this week. “I’m satisfied that the story is out there now and we don’t have to worry about it happening again,” Jackson said (http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/NJ_hits_Paterson_with_43_OSHA_violations_including_13_for_asbestos_removal.html).
"This is 20/20 hindsight for those responsible, offering little solace to workers who now worry they are vulnerable to future asbestos-related diseases without resort," said the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd.
Paterson’s Mayor Jeffrey Jones told The Record he has not yet seen the DOL report made available one month ago, but conceded the city should “implement a training program for employees renovating old buildings commonly dense with asbestos.” He said, “We don’t have the luxury not to know. We don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way” (see http://www.northjersey.com). Meanwhile that is exactly what happened at 133 Ellison Street.
National mesothelioma law firm Baron and Budd been working to protect the rights of asbestos patients for more than 35 years. Of the asbestos violations, the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd said, “Asbestos-related diseases, including incurable cancers like mesothelioma, are notorious for developing decades after initial exposure, and sadly, some of these inmates may eventually develop asbestos diseases.”
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