Belluck & Fox Legal Blog

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Asbestos Survey

Posted on January 5, 2016 by

In October we reported on the hundreds of asbestos-laden homes in Portland, Oregon that were destroyed without appropriate safety precautions in place. Now, the State legislature is taking action to prevent residents and workers from being exposed to asbestos by… Keep Reading

Texas Companies Fined by OSHA for “Willful” Violations of Asbestos Laws

Posted on December 8, 2015 by

When working on private and commercial properties it is important that contractors know the full extent as to the presence of asbestos in the property. Before conducting any renovation or demolition work they must be prepared to manage the asbestos… Keep Reading

Portland Residents Fear Asbestos Exposure From Demolition Projects

Posted on October 20, 2015 by

Construction and demolition companies have a duty to protect the public from any hazards that could be encountered on a project. That includes protecting the public from asbestos – a known carcinogen that can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and… Keep Reading

Government Raises Concerns Over State of Asbestos in U.S. Schools

Posted on August 18, 2015 by

Administrators of public school systems, colleges and universities are sometimes caught scrambling to rid their schools of asbestos once it is uncovered. We have reported on issues in the past in New York, Connecticut and Ohio public schools, and in… Keep Reading

Breaking Down New York Asbestos Deaths by County

Posted on July 28, 2015 by

A new analysis from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) indicates that during the period 1999 to 2013 more than 12,000 New Yorkers lost their lives to the carcinogenic mineral fiber asbestos—one of the highest totals in the country. Asbestos deaths… Keep Reading

Staten Island Asbestos Removal Project Leads to Arrests

Posted on July 7, 2015 by

The health and safety of residents near two different New York City Housing Authority complexes on Staten Island were jeopardized by an improperly managed renovation project. The project, fraught with fraud and violations of asbestos safety guidelines, resulted in five… Keep Reading

Asbestos Removal Permits for Beech-Nut Plant Never Filed

Posted on April 10, 2015 by

The owner of the former Beech-Nut plant in Canajoharie never obtained federally-required asbestos removal permits for demolition work on the 27-acre property, adding to a list of grievances surrounding the project. According to a report in the Albany Times Union,… Keep Reading

Belluck & Fox Wins $4 Million Verdict for Plant Worker

Posted on March 20, 2015 by

In the largest asbestos verdict in Oneida County, New York, and the largest asbestos verdict Statewide against a distributor, a jury has determined that Pacemaker Steel & Piping Company, as successor-in-interest to Charles Millar Supply Company was responsible for a… Keep Reading

New Asbestos Violation Charges in New York

Posted on December 23, 2014 by

It seems that recently there has been no shortage of hazardous mishandling of asbestos throughout the United States. In the last couple of months we wrote about violations in Kilgore, Texas,  Bay City, Michigan, and Stamford, CT, to name just… Keep Reading

Michigan Contractor Guilty of Violation of Clean Air Act

Posted on December 9, 2014 by

A jury in Bay City, Michigan found a business owner guilty on four counts of violation of the federal Clean Air Act for illegal asbestos removal at a renovation project. The project, that was undertaken from August 2010 through September… Keep Reading