BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Patriots Environmental and affiliated companies will pay up to $129,000 to resolve allegations of illegal handling of asbestos-containing materials.
The company allegedly failed to follow proper procedures and safety precautions for removing asbestos-containing materials during the demolition process of a home in Sturbridge.
“Improper handling of asbestos during construction and demolition work can cause serious health hazards,” Healey said. “In order to prevent the exposure of workers, the public, and the environment to dangerous asbestos fibers, such projects must be conducted in strict accordance with state regulations, and we will vigorously pursue those who fail to comply with those safety requirements.”
Properly handling asbestos-containing materials during construction work protects human health. When airborne, asbestos fibers can be taken in by human lungs and cause serious damage, including cancer and mesothelioma.
“Licensed asbestos contractors must follow the proper removal practices and storage requirements to protect workers and the public from being exposed to this known carcinogen,” Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Commissioner Martin Suuberg said. “As this settlement reflects, MassDEP and the attorney general’s office work together to take strong enforcement against companies that fail to comply with the asbestos regulations and put citizens of the Commonwealth at risk of exposure.”