Michigan School Fined for Exposing Employees to Asbestos
Last month, we examined the existence, prevalence, and dangers of having asbestos in old school buildings, and offered helpful tips for any parents concerned about their children facing asbestos exposure in the upcoming school year.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most schools built before 1986 were likely constructed with asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was used to build classrooms, auditoriums, faculty offices, and more. Consequently, children, teachers, and other faculty members may breathe in the carcinogenic fibers if the building materials are disturbed by wear-and-tear or construction.
Michigan School District Exposes Employees to Asbestos
In the previous blog, we mentioned that teachers are twice as likely to die from mesothelioma and asbestosis because they work in asbestos-filled buildings. Recently, a Michigan public school district was fined for violating state and federal asbestos regulations and exposing multiple teachers to carcinogenic materials.
North Park Montessori School is a part of the Grand Rapids Public School District. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the school after receiving multiple reports that potential asbestos violations were taking place.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued five separate citations based on the following violations:
- Failure to warn all contractors who were working in areas constructed with asbestos-contaminated materials.
- Failure to warn employees who were cleaning up the building that was constructed with asbestos-contaminated materials.
- Failure to provide employees with asbestos awareness training.
- Failure to make arrangements for asbestos-containing debris, dust, and waste.
- Failure to hire a project designer experienced with asbestos-contaminated buildings.
The school district has been fined $11,900 and is working with attorneys to navigate future civil lawsuits. It’s highly recommended that any teachers, contractors, housekeeping staff, and other employees working at this location contact a legal representative as soon as possible to explore their options.
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Call the asbestos exposure lawyers at Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. if you or a loved one has suffered asbestos exposure due to the negligent actions of an employer. Our legal team can review your medical records, consult with specialists, and investigate the circumstances surrounding the exposure incident. With our guidance, you can hold your employer accountable for their choices, protect others from suffering a similar fate, and recover compensation that mitigates your medical bills.
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