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Alaska company neglects to tell demolition workers about asbestos

Alaska co knew about asbestos, but asked employees to move forward with demolition

Alaska co knew about asbestos, but asked employees to move forward with demolition

The names “Copper River Campus” and “Copper River Seafoods” conjure images of pure water running through a pristine natural setting. However, Copper River Campus, the facility and building owner of buildings for Copper River Seafoods was aware of asbestos in its walls, ceilings, floors and elsewhere in the structure that it purchased in 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Despite its awareness, according to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler, CSR put its employees in danger by allowing them to be exposed to airborne asbestos fibers, known to cause mesothelioma and asbestosis. Ms. Loeffler stated that the CRS employee, the manager who gave the demolition instructions, did not know about the presence of asbestos. The employee did not recognize the presence of the material either and went ahead with the demolition, hence putting himself in danger of inhaling airborne asbestos fibers, which can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Once the Environmental Protection Agency learned of the activity, they sent an inspector to the property. The inspector determined that “Copper River Campus negligently placed employees of Copper River Seafoods and others in imminent danger of serious bodily injury, as they had no specialized training on asbestos removal, nor were they wearing personal protective equipment.” Anyone involved may have suffered serious illness due to asbestos exposure, the inspector added.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many instances of an entity willfully disregarding the safety and health of its employees, in its failure to disclose and safeguard against exposure to harmful materials such as asbestos.

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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful asbestos law cases and has a stellar reputation for getting result sfor his asbestos injury cases.