Murfreesboro VA hospital exposes workers to toxic asbestos fibers for decades!

Nashville, TN(MesotheliomaCancerNews.com)–NewsChannel5 investigative reporter team recently exposed shocking photos, video, and information which revealed the Veterans Administration(VA) Hospital www.va.gov, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, exposed workers to harmful asbestos containing materials. Workers at the VA claim they were required to work around and repair pipes lined with asbestos containing insulation for decades. Hospital employees further allege supervisors and managers at the VA did not provide workers with the appropriate protective gear as required by federal and state asbestos exposure laws.

According the to NewsChannel5, an employee of the VA complained to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA launched an investigation into the possible direct and secondary exposure to asbestos violations. The federal asbestos regulators cited the VA for six violations all related to employees and asbestos exposure. The federal government states exposure to asbestos is not safe at any level. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and causes asbestos related illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. Doctors specializing in the treatment of asbestos related illnesses and cancers state their is no known cure for any diseases caused by the toxic materials and fibers. Currently symptom management is the only treatment available to workers, consumers, and innocent victims sickened by asbestos.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed by the federal legislature to mandate employers responsibility for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) www.osha.gov, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Labor www.dol.gov is charged with the promotion of the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards in the workplace.

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