Category Archives: Asbestos Exposure

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.  KING5.com 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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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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Asbestos Exposure: Oregon Couple Wins $5.4 Million Verdict

A jury in Oregon awarded a couple $5.4 million after a man was exposed to asbestos at work for decades and now suffers from mesothelioma.  According to Oregonlive.com, the verdict may be reduced due to state laws regarding punitive damages and the fact that one of the man’s employers, the U.S. Navy may be immune from certain responsibility. The man, now 75, was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy for four years during the 1960s. He worked with gaskets that contained the material during his service, manufactured by John Crane Inc. Additionally, during his employment as a pipefitter following his military service, he was also exposed to asbestos. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015. Oregonlive reports that jurors determined that John Crane Inc. must pay $3 million in punitive damages relating to his diagnosis and health problems. Attorneys were able to argue that the company knew about…
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