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Company fined for failing to protect workers from asbestos

September 12th, 2012

Sodexho Inc. will be fined $81,000 for safety violations after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the company put its workers at risk of asbestos exposure. Workers for the company were ordered to remove asbestos from a West Virginia college campus.

The OSHA found at least 12 serious violations against the company, including failing to provide workers with safety equipment and failing to inform them the products they were removing contained asbestos. The administration also found that the company was not properly keeping track of health and injury reports from its workers.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material used prevalently in construction from the 1940s until the 1970s. Asbestos exposure can lead to several side effects, including mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that can take decades to develop.

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