Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced that a Lynnfield asbestos removal company has been charged with the improper removal and disposal of asbestos in Marblehead, Lynn, and Beverly. Authorities report that David Harder, Jr., age 47, and Julie Rosati, age 51, of Lynnfield, their company named AEI, and Luiz Dias, age 43, an employee of AEI, illegally removed asbestos at many different construction sites, in addition to public buildings and schools throughout Massachusetts.
Harder, Jr. and Rosati were both charged with 12 counts of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act, 2 counts of violating the Massachusetts Solid Waste Act, and 4 counts of Evasion of Unemployment Insurance. Harder and Dias were also charged with Filing False Statements for the Protection of the Environment, and Conspiracy to File False Environmental reports. Rosati was also charged with Filing False Statements for the Protection of the Environment.
The removal of asbestos must be performed by a licensed contractor according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) rules; however, at the time of this removal, the defendants were not licensed to remove asbestos. In addition to this, they did not notify the MassDEP of the removal dates which contractors or asbestos removal companies are also required to do.
Asbestos is a natural but dangerous mineral fiber that has been commonly used for insulation and fire-retardant manufacturing because it is resistant to heat and decay. However, it can eventually break up into microscopic dust fibers that, when inhaled, can remain in the body causing numerous lung diseases, cancers, and possibly death.
Workplace exposure to asbestos can often be found in the construction industry, the manufacturing of materials containing asbestos, and the car repair industry.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace or have become ill because of workplace exposure to asbestos, it is best advised that you contact an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyer.
Owners and Employee of Lynnfield Company Arraigned on Illegal Asbestos Removal and Disposal Charges, News Release, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, May 3, 2011
Asbestos Resources, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
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