Carolina company found in violation of work-safety rules involving asbestos exposure

A Columbia, South Carolina real estate company has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 and reinstate and employee who was wrongfully fired for raising concerns about asbestos exposure at one of the company’s condominium projects.

Our Carolina work injury lawyers understand the inherent danger present when workers are exposed to asbestos in North Carolina or South Carolina. The deadly material once used in construction has been linked to cancer and other health problems, including mesothelioma. As we reported recently on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, one of the challenges of proving cases involving exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace is the years or decades that often pass between an exposure event and a serious or fatal injury.

In this case, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports the worker understood the dangers and expressed concerns to management and to two state agencies.

“OSHA is very serious about protecting America’s workforce,” said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator. “Employers found in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Clean Air Act or any of the 20 whistleblower laws we enforce will be held fully accountable.”

Based on the employee’s complaint, the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control investigated and found CMM Realty in violation of asbestos control standards.

The company was ordered to pay back wages of more than $50,000, plus interest and $16,222 in compensatory damages. It must also reinstate the worker.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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