Los Alamitos, CA, July 26th, 2010
This month it was reported that two California men face heavy fines for asbestos violations at a Ventura apartment complex. The building, constructed in 1964, recently had water damage from broken pipes that required thirty-six of the units to have repair work done on the ceilings.
According to reports the contractor hired expressed asbestos concerns to the property owner and informed him he did not have the training or certifications to handle asbestos. The property owner is said to have informed the contractor that asbestos would not be a concern.
In addition to the ceiling repair work some units also underwent the removal of old popcorn ceiling texturing materials. Asbestos is commonly found in a wide range of building materials in older structures, including popcorn ceilings in many cases. Additional asbestos contaminated materials may include insulation, flooring, ceilings, roofing, siding, fire coating materials and a host of other products that were used in millions of properties.
The two men face heavy fines and prosecutors are said to be investigating if the actions were deliberate or an oversight. By law the removal and disposal of asbestos is highly regulated and individuals and companies are subject to prosecution and fines if asbestos regulations are not followed.
During abatement or demolition projects asbestos can be easily aerosolized and without the proper safety precautions asbestos can contaminate the property, belongings and expose people to the cancer causing materials. LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading provider of environmental testing services, provides rapid asbestos testing solutions. “Simple and inexpensive asbestos tests could have prevented the problems in Ventura,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “People need to understand the laws regulating asbestos and LA Testing can provide the testing solutions.”
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