Demolition Contractor Fined $150,000 for Violating Asbestos Removal Regulations

Kennebec Journal reports that the Wilton mill asbestos cleanup calls for more labor than usual in order to get the site up to regulation before demolishing the building.

The property owner, Adam Mack of Wilton Recycling originally hired Ryan Blyther to perform the demolition work. However, Blyther failed to provide Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulated asbestos gear for his employees and failed to implement proper asbestos handling procedure. Blyther's employees reported the violations to OSHA and Mack was left with the consequences.

It appears that Blyther neglected proper asbestos procedures for the benefit of reaching valuable scrap underneath the hazardous material. Improperly disposing of and ripping apart asbestos products increases the danger of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos fibers are a known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that once diagnosed, typically claims the lives of its victims within a year.

Because of his blatant disregard for the regulations and hazards surrounding asbestos, Blyther faces more than $150,000 in OSHA fines for workplace safety violations. Blyther and Mack may also face fines from the state of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Unlike Blyther, Mack has stayed by the project to ensure timely completion and meet health regulations.

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