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MassDEP levys penalty for asbestos violations in Holyoke, Mass.

Holyoke - MassDEP penalized Santa Cruz Contractors, of Woonsocket, R.I., $17,780 for improperly handling asbestos at a building on Pearl Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

MassDEP asbestos inspectors responded to a complaint from tenants at the site regarding the removal of cement-based asbestos roofing, known as transite. MassDEP personnel found that Santa Cruz had performed the work without prior notice to MassDEP and had left pieces of the asbestos on the lawn and driveway.

Additionally, a dumpster filled with dry asbestos-containing material was found in the driveway. Santa Cruz retained a licensed asbestos contractor to clean up the site.

Asbestos, the silent killer

Despite the serious health problems linked to asbestos exposure, asbestos is still imported and used in the United States. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. imported and used an estimated 1,820 tons of asbestos in 2007.

Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people nationwide will be diagnosed with the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. This disease is most often the result of industrial workplace exposure to asbestos – and usually contracted through employers’ blatant disregard for the health and safety of their workers.

Time to seek justice!

That’s why people diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members have strong cases in court. Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of workers for 25 years – longer than most law firms in the nation. And in that time its attorneys have won several billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for its clients.

If you have a mesothelioma injury, please complete the form on this page for a free evaluation of your legal rights. There is no cost to you until we win a settlement or a verdict.


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