OSHA fines contractor for improper asbestos removal
March 26, 2010
OSHA inspectors found that William A. Berry & Son employees were removing laboratory ventilation hoods with asbestos-containing panels without proper respiratory protection and other required safeguards, the story stated.
Brenda Gordon, OSHA area director for
Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts, said: "Asbestos is well-recognized as a health hazard since inhalation of asbestos fibers may lead to lung cancer and other diseases. OSHA standards are designed to minimize the risk of exposure and its potential impact on workers'' health, but they are effective only so long as employers adhere to them."
According to the article, William A. Berry & Son allegedly failed to conduct an initial asbestos exposure assessment and monitor the worksite daily for exposure.
Other violations include William A. Berry & Son''s failure to: Establish regulated work areas, provide protective clothing and a decontamination area, use high-efficiency particular air (HEPA) filtered vacuums to collect debris, properly train employees and ensure inspection and oversight by a competent person, the story noted.
A single, non-serious citation was placed upon William A. Berry & Son for not providing OSHA with logs in a timely manner, the story added.
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