The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a project manager overseeing removal of asbestos from a former Chrysler factory in Detroit with a felony for failing to remove the material safely. According to an article published in the Detroit News, a complaint was filed last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
A project manager at One Accord Environmental Services Inc. in Detroit, was charged in a criminal complaint with failing to safely remediate asbestos, a hazardous material, from a closed plant in 2010 that was part of Chrysler’s AMC subsidiary. According to the Detroit News, the site is where helicopters and millions of appliances were made in the past.
In an affidavit filed by an EPA Agent, the project manager at the company allegedly didn’t use proper procedures to remove asbestos. Improper removal can put workers at risk of developing asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. This behavior will not be tolerated by the EPA.
Asbestos was used in various processes and facilities of industrial complexes before the 1980’s. Poor asbestos removal techniques will cause human exposure to a known toxin. This type of deliberate, unsafe work practice places workers and building occupants at risk of exposure to asbestos which causes diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
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