US Labor Department’s OSHA cites 2 Chicago construction companies for exposing workers to asbestos hazards

More than $280,000 in fines proposed for willful and serious violations CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two Chicago companies, T2 G.C. LLC, which operates as T2 Construction, and Gramek Construction Inc. for failing to protect workers from asbestos hazards at a job site in May. T2 Construction faces proposed fines of $141,600 and … [Read more...]

Windy City Contractors Cited for Asbestos Hazards

OSHA has cited T2 G.C., LLC (operating as T2 Construction) and Gramek Construction, Inc. for failing to protect workers from asbestos hazards at a jobsite in May. T2 was the general contractor at the site and Gramek conducted demolition work, including the removal of floor tile and pipe insulation allegedly containing asbestos. … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorations in the Attic Might Be Sprinkled with Asbestos

Crawling into the attic this month to pull out the old Christmas decorations that grandma left behind might not be the wisest thing to do , especially if you live in an older home anywhere near the snow belt. It might be safer just to leave those decorations where they are. Leave those aging wreaths and sentimental ornaments alone. The snow used in “The Wizard of Oz” wasn’t snow at all. It … [Read more...]

Parents Threaten to ‘Occupy’ School

Angry parents at a Cobble Hill public school are planning to occupy the building if the city doesn’t put off plans to clear asbestos from the property until the summer. At least 10 parents at Public School 29 on Henry St. are gearing up for a sit-in at the school when work crews show up to start removing asbestos from the building on Friday. And they aren’t budging - even if it means getting … [Read more...]

EPA fines three Arizona charter school operators $27,480 for asbestos violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined three Arizona charter school operators a combined total of $27,480 for alleged Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) violations. In 2008, EPA inspectors discovered that three Arizona school operators all failed to conduct inspections to determine the presence and condition of asbestos-containing materials in the school buildings of seven … [Read more...]

What to Do if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb Breaks in Your Home

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapor. The broken bulb can continue to release mercury vapor until it is cleaned up and removed from the residence. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow specific cleanup and disposal … [Read more...]

GSA and Construction Firms Pay $100,000 Penalty for Mishandling Asbestos at Building Renovation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled an enforcement action against the United States General Services Administration (GSA), and four private parties for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Boston, Mass. The parties will collectively pay a penalty of $100,000. The action alleged that GSA, Goody Clancy … [Read more...]

Former Detroit Lead Inspector Sentenced for Fraud

Former city of Detroit Health Department lead inspector Donald Patterson was sentenced after he pleaded guilty and admitted he accepted cash to provide a clean bill of health to homes in which he had either done no inspection or provided fraudulent lead removal training. Lead is a serious public health issue causing a range of health effects from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to … [Read more...]