Vele Bozinoski, 61, was a contractor in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. In 2007, he removed insulation from a Garfield paper mill that contained asbestos. When he stood accused of removing the materials improperly and conspiring to hide his negligence, he pleaded not guilty. A federal judge recently sentenced Bozinoski to three years of probation for conspiracy and violating clean air standards.
Asbestos was commonly used several decades ago in building materials. When released in dry, dust-like form, asbestos particles can cause serious lung damage and cancer if people inhale large amounts of them. To prevent illness, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established strict standards for contractors who remove asbestos.
According to these rules, asbestos abatement officials must:
- Inspect the property for asbestos before construction begins
- Moisten asbestos-containing materials with water to prevent the release of asbestos particles when the materials crumble
- Seal the materials in airtight containers
The judge said that Bozinoski did not wet down the materials and conspired with others to ignore federal asbestos laws. He also failed to alert the EPA about the asbestos abatement project.
Building contractors violate federal asbestos laws to save time and money. However, these laws exist for a reason. Each year, 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. If you know someone suffering from lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, asbestosis or another serious illness caused by asbestos exposure, we can help you hold negligent parties responsible for their oversight. Call 1-888-637-6347 today to schedule a free consultation and explore your rights.
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