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 and Health said in a statement, according to KING5.com.
The agency reportedly found 12 intentional workplace health violations related to removal of the asbestos.
Work-Related Asbestos Exposure Can Result in Mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure is taken seriously by government agencies because it has been linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. Employers or businesses that expose workers to asbestos should be held accountable.
It is important that employees working around asbestos be trained properly in handling products. They should also be provided with proper safety gear.
If you have contracted a disease because you were exposed to asbestos at work, our mesothelioma attorneys can help you fight back. We can investigate your employment history and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you’ve contracted a work-related illness due to asbestos exposure. Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.
Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Mesothelioma Attorneys