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Three San Antonio Companies Fined for Exposing Workers to Asbestos Risks

on 09/25/2012

3 companies in the San Antonio area have been cited by the Occupational Safety And Health Administration for exposing workers to the risk of asbestos-related injuries. 

Those exposure hazards were present at a construction site in San Antonio.  The companies that were involved in exposing their workers to these hazards could be fined up to $148,000 in fines. A total of 7 construction companies including 4 based in San Antonio have been cited for these violations.  The other 3 companies were contractors based in Miami.

In all, these companies are facing 47 serious, and one other-than-serious violations.  According to the Occupational Safety And Health Administration's San Antonio Office, its inspectors conducted a safety and health inspection of the Reserves at Pecan Valley apartment complex, s located at E. Southcross Blvd.  Workers here were engaged in remodeling apartments, and the inspectors found that they were not wearing proper protective clothing, and were not equipped with respiratory gear that would have protected them from dangerous asbestos fibers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has very strict standards in place for exposure to asbestos.  The violations that these companies have been cited for include failure to perform monitoring for asbestos exposure, failure to require that workers use respiratory and personal protective equipment, and failure to train workers about recognizing the risks of asbestos.

The construction industry has a long and established record of exposing workers to asbestos risks.  In fact, in the decades before the use of asbestos as one of the important construction materials declined, thousands of construction workers continued to be exposed to the deadly fibers on a daily basis.  These workers later suffered a number of malignant diseases including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. 

If you have been injured in a construction accident or have suffered an occupational illness as a result of asbestos exposure, consult an experienced San Antonio construction accident lawyer at our firm.

Tags: Construction Site Work Injuries, Toxic Exposure, San Antonio, Asbestos

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