Posts Tagged ‘Asbestos’

Apr
2016
4

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor
  A former maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park has filed a claim that he was retaliated against after he and five of his co-workers were exposed to asbestos while performing work at the iconic Old Faithful Inn.  Speaking to the Associated Press, Jon Kline said that the employer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, began giving...
Jan
2016
27

Vancouver Building Trades Press for Asbestos Registry; U.S. Has No Such Protections Either

Vancouver Building Trades Press for Asbestos Registry; U.S. Has No Such Protections Either
  In response to a growing number of asbestos-related deaths and illnesses, the president of the Vancouver Island Building and Construction Trades Council (VIBCTC) is calling for a national asbestos registry so that younger workers who are not as familiar with the dangers of asbestos can be aware of the occupational hazards they face.  In...
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Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform...
Mar
2015
12

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI
  A jury in Michigan has found charter school founder Steven J. Ingersoll guilty on three counts of federal tax fraud.   Ingersoll was accused of diverting $704,000 of a $1.8 million bank loan intended for school construction to his personal bank account and failing to pay taxes on it.  Ingersoll’s wife and brother were also [&hellip...
Jul
2014
29

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days
  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to fund a trust that would resolve asbestos-based personal injury claims against the company.  The settlement is less than the $1.17 billion a judge had previously suggested they could owe and still needs to...
Jul
2014
23

Canada Passed an Asbestos Law Aimed at Raising Safety and Awareness, but Nobody is Complying With It

  The early months of a new asbestos registry in Saskatchewan are proving problematic as many institutions required to provide reports have failed to do so and others have submitted reports over two decades old.   Jesse Todd, whose stepfather Howard Willems died of mesothelioma after a 31-year career as a building inspector, pushed for...
Mar
2014
17

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise
  An English law firm specializing in asbestos compensation claims has released an infographic showing that, despite being mostly banned, asbestos-related health problems continue to pose a serious risk. The toxic effects of the chemical can take up to 35 years to develop in the human body, so work performed in decades past can quickly...
Nov
2013
8

NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ

NLRB Breaks New Ground In Issuing Four U Visas to Exploited, Undocumented Workers in NJ
  A harrowing story from Salon — “Tearing out asbestos with bare hands: meet the boss from hell” — gives a glimpse of the dangers faced by undocumented workers in the U.S.  When a group of laborers employed by New Jersey apartment company Benjamin H. Realty attempted to organize with LiUNA!, their employer used immigration...
Jun
2013
27

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows “Victims to Be Re-Victimized”

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows
  A Republican-backed bill is being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee to make it harder for victims of asbestos to seek fair compensation. The mission of the bill is ostensibly to end abuse and fraud in asbestos based lawsuits. It has been supported along the way by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the [&hellip...