Massachusetts company fined for asbestos violationsThe Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a restoration company for asbestos violations.
Able Restoration, which specializes in fixing up homes that have been damaged by fires and floods, was fined $17,050 for not complying with asbestos guidelines. The violations were discovered during an August 2009 inspection of a residence in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The inspection found that siding that contained asbestos was improperly removed from the house and, as a result, scattered on the ground outside. In addition, the deadly mineral was disposed of in containers that were not sealed properly.
According to Richard Chalpin, director of the DEP's northeast regional office, following asbestos guidelines is vital for such businesses.
"Before demolition activities like this, or as they are sometimes called renovations, those who are doing the work need to properly assess whether there is any asbestos-containing material involved, and that applies for residential, commercial or industrial properties," he said.
It is important for construction, demolition and restoration businesses to follow the rules regarding the mineral, because asbestos exposure can cause a number of serious diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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