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Seattle Hotel Owner Fined for Exposing Workers to Asbestos

According to reports, a Seattle hotel owner has been fined $355,000 after allegedly knowingly exposing workers to asbestos. reports that the owner of the Seattle Pacific Hotel was fined earlier this month by the state’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The hotel owner allegedly knew the building contained asbestos and tried to save money by having unskilled workers remove it. Much of the work was allegedly done under the guise of renovations, as ceilings had previously contained cement-asbestos-board products. The owner allegedly received an estimate to remove the asbestos after discovering the problem, but the L&I said he hired workers from a roofing contractor rather than paying people skilled in abatement. “It’s unconscionable that anyone would knowingly expose untrained and unprotected workers to asbestos. It’s an extremely hazardous material that’s notorious for causing cancer and other serious health issues,” the assistant director for the Division of Occupational Safety…
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Asbestos Warning: Claire’s Pulls Makeup Products

Claire’s has pulled some makeup products off the shelf after they were allegedly found to contain asbestos.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the mother of a child in Rhode Island had her daughter’s makeup sent to an independent lab for testing after becoming suspicious of the contents, which revealed the presence of tremolite asbestos. The affected products allegedly include the Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact and Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set. Claire’s said that it is investigating the products and has hired an independent lab to run an analysis on them. It also said it would refund any concerned consumers and recalled certain products, releasing a list of items that can be found here: Asbestos Exposure Can Result in Mesothelioma Asbestos exposure is taken seriously by the government and industrial producers because it has been linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. It is always shocking to hear…
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City of Austin Workers Exposed to Asbestos

An alarming report by KXAN-TV in Austin earlier this month suggests that up to 200 city employees may have been exposed to asbestos.  According to the report, investigations into city records discovered that there were a string of asbestos contaminations dating back nearly two years in multiple departments. Some Austin Water Utility workers claim they were exposed to asbestos after they were asked to remove ceiling, furniture and sweep at a utility building in 2016. They say they were not given proper equipment to do the cleaning. “I wore my dust mask for the majority of the day, but I did take it off from time to time during breaks. I guess that doesn’t really matter since they aren’t approved for asbestos,” one employee said, according to KXAN. “By the end of the day, I was drenched in sweat. My jeans and shirt were both dripping and completely covered in…
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