It is no secret that asbestos is dangerous. However, time and time again, negligent actions are amplifying the dangers to others. Asbestos, which was commonly used as insulation on older houses, can produce airborne particles that when inhaled can lead to lung damage. When asbestos is removed improperly or discarded of in improper ways, the hazard elevates and extends to the greater population.
Luckily, those who are committing the careless acts seem to be getting away with it less and less. Take for instance the recent case of a Pittsfield, Massachusetts homeowner who hired a man to remove boiler pipe insulation from their home in 2016. The man had no qualifications to do so, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) enforced a $27,100 fine against him after investigating the case.
The perpetrator didn’t have a contractor license for asbestos removal, and did not notify the DEP prior to the work occurring, as is required. He then proceeded to remove the asbestos from the home without taking the necessary steps to prevent the spreading of airborne particles.
After the incident, a certified firm conducted a proper asbestos abatement under the oversight of MassDEP.
Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield, said in a statement: “It is essential that asbestos abatement be performed by a licensed contractor to ensure that there is no risk to human health and safety or the environment.” Gorski also recognized that in this case, the elderly homeowner was taken advantage of by the asbestos remover, under false pretenses that he was qualified to do the work when he indeed was not.
Banner Environmental’s team of trained and licensed asbestos abatement professionals can assist you with your next home project if you suspect asbestos to be present. Contact us for a free consultation and assessment.