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Government safety inspectors recently found multiple violations at an asbestos remediation site in Buffalo, New York. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines of $56,000 for Aria Contracting Corporation. The fines address eight alleged serious violations of workplace safety standards. Workers at the remediation site had inadequate protective suits and had no respiratory protection. Other violations included: inadequate hazard training, lack of initial exposure monitoring, improper sealing of work areas, lack of additional required safeguards and records availability.

OSHA's area director stated "Inhalation of asbestos fibers by workers may lead to lung disease and other disorders. That is why it is essential effective protective measures, including proper protective gear and adequate and effective employee training, be in place and in use whenever necessary." There are specific safety standards that address asbestos removal because asbestos is dangerous to public and worker health. Make sure you are aware of what is required if you are involved with a construction project involving asbestos.