If you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it means that at some point in your life you were exposed to asbestos. Depending on how it happened to you, you might not have been aware that you were near to the carcinogenic material. Perhaps you knew you were working with asbestos, but it was back in the days before it was widely known that it was dangerous.
In both of those cases it is likely that the companies that provided the asbestos you were exposed to knew that they had put you in danger of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases but chose to keep it a secret. If the idea of that kind of secrecy makes you angry, imagine being in a situation where you’re working for an employer that allows asbestos to rain down on you and your co-workers like snow, and who simply doesn’t care until they’ve been told to stop by government regulators. That’s exactly what happened at the site of a former General Motors plant located in Delaware.
The issue has been making headlines in Delaware for months as union activists have raised objections to the dangers of mesothelioma that employees face. The defunct GM plant is being razed to make way for a brand new business campus that will house e-commerce, logistics and fulfillment businesses, and which is expected to create many new jobs. But a new employee on the site was horrified to see the lack of protection or proper processes being used by the asbestos removal contractor at the site. He took two videos that showed asbestos particles falling like snow and sent them in to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
According to Shawn Garvin, Delaware’s secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the dangers posed by Ecoservices of Exton, Pennsylvania reflected illegal practices and a real risk of mesothelioma. The company will pay a total of $66,000 in fines and costs, though neither the property’s owner and developer nor the general demolition contractor are facing any penalties. Union representatives are critical of these employers escaping responsibility, particularly because they had told community members concerned about the asbestos that nothing had been done improperly.
If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and you need information about how to take action against irresponsible, negligent asbestos companies, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.