August 14, 2012 – The United States Attorney’s Office recently charged a project manager overseeing an asbestos removal project at the former Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan, with failing to safely remove the extremely hazardous material. Due to the high toxicity of asbestos and the fact that it is considered a carcinogen, laws have been enacted to help prevent asbestos exposures and policies are in place for safe asbestos abatement. The project manager disregarded these laws and procedures and, as a result, is facing criminal charges.
Project Manager Failed to Utilize Proper Asbestos Removal Procedures
The criminal complaint was filed by the Environmental Protection Agency against Hubert J. Bell, a project manager who was working at One Accord Environmental Services Inc. in Detroit, Michigan. In late 2010, Bell was supervising at a closed factory, which was formerly part of Chrysler Corporation’s subsidiary, American Motors Corporation. The factory was previously used to make appliances and helicopters. The affidavit noted that Mr. Bell allegedly instructed employees to push water that was potentially contaminated with asbestos materials down drains. In addition, it was noted that proper procedures for safe asbestos removal were not implemented. A witness to the alleged asbestos removal violations reported Mr. Bell’s negligent, and criminal, behavior.
Asbestos regulation is designed to protect employees and bystanders from asbestos exposure and its lethal effects. The failure of the project manager to follow laws and regulations for the removal of asbestos and his direction to employees to improperly remove the asbestos has placed the employees at risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma in the future. The EPA’s criminal charges against the project manager illustrate the seriousness of his actions.
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If you or someone you love has a history of a workplace exposure to asbestos or has been the victim of asbestos exposure due to illegal asbestos removal, and is now suffering from lung cancer, mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illness, contact the highly skilled and experienced asbestos lawyers at Shein Law in Philadelphia. We have over 25 years of experience in representing victims suffering from asbestos exposure and can guide you through the complex litigation process to recover compensation for your personal injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For a thorough review of your case, call our Philadelphia law office at 1-877-743-4652 or contact us online.