Whistleblower Speaks Out About Asbestos Problems in NYC Schools
A steamfitter with 22 years of experience working at NYC schools has spoken out for years about asbestos problems in some of the buildings in city’s schools. For over 15 years, this whistleblower registered reports about finding loose friable asbestos at the buildings where he worked.
Before 2003, asbestos issues could only be reported by contacting a district supervisor by telephone, and did not require that asbestos issues be documented in writing. After 2003, the Department instituted a fax notification system to report asbestos in schools.
Since going public with his whistleblower claims, the worker has been re-assigned to other duties. His case is currently being investigated by the New York State Department of Labor.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elementary school teachers rank third in the number of diagnosed cases of mesothelioma. The occupations ranking higher for the risk of developing a serious disease from asbestos exposure are tradesman (plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters) and mechanical engineers.
Exposure to asbestos is known to cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis.
Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs' law firm that has represented people affected by mesothelioma for over 20 years. Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease.
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