OSHA asbestos violations fines Ontario construction company $52,000.

New York, NY(MesotheliomaCancerNews.com)–The Ontario Court of Justice ruled against David J. Cupido Construction Limited, a Kingston company, on April 16, 2009. The Ontario Ministry of Labour investigated the Kingston construction company for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) involving an asbestos abatement project.

The Ministry of Labour review found construction workers for Cupido Construction were exposed to asbestos containing materials and products during building renovations. The demolition project managers failed to adequately assess the presence of asbestos in the building before beginning the renovation project as required by government rules and regulations. Construction managers and supervisors are required to make sure laborers do not disturb asbestos containing materials.

According to court documents David J. Construction Limited pleaded guilty to the asbestos violations under OSHA law before the judge for failing to protect workers from harmful asbestos fibers. The judge imposed the $52,000 fine plus an additional asbestos injury victim surcharge which is required by the Provincial Offences Act, a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime. Workers exposed to harmful asbestos fibers are highly likely to develop asbestos related illnesses including mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos exposure at any level is considered unacceptable and toxic by national and international asbestos standards.

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