Foreman Faces Charges for Exposing Employees of N Y State U to Asbestos
Things are not looking good for former subcontractor foreman, Salvatore R. DePaola. A report from Mesothelioma Cancer News.com describes the charges.
DePaola has previously been indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter for an incident involving a bank fire. Now, DePaola faces charges for several asbestos violations after exposing employees of New York State University to asbestos by improperly removing the toxic substance.
Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in the commercial production of a variety of products. Many public buildings (including school campuses) contain asbestos. The early 1900s saw the initial uses of asbestos in America. It was not until around 40-50 years after the commercial use of asbestos that its lethal properties began to be discovered.
Asbestos is substantially linked to mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. Mesothelioma and other illnesses related to asbestos take several years to develop. This is why it took some time for people to pick up on the ill effects of asbestos. For those who have been exposed, it is crucial to continually receive check ups to detect complications early on.
Asbestos Safety Regulations
Now knowing the dangers of asbestos, several safety measures are taken to protect people from exposure to asbestos. The Clean Air Act has outlined several safety precautions to be undertaken when working with asbestos.
Violating these safety precautions bears severe consequences as DePaola will soon discover. He stands accused of seven Clean Air Act violations. These violations have led to several employees being exposed to toxic levels of asbestos at the campus site he was the foreman for.
Currently, DePaola has a stacked case against him with the charges from the bank fire and that of those from his violations of the Clean Air Act. If any of the employees exposed develop complications due to the exposure to asbestos, DePaola could be held responsible for those as well.