Former worker alleges asbestos safety violations by companies

November 22nd, 2011

A Montgomery College student has alleged that asbestos safety violations were commtted by several asbestos abatement companies where he worked. Ernest Ojito alleges six companies throughout Marlyand, Washington D.C. and Virginia put workers at risk by exposing them to asbestos while ignoring federal safety requirements.

Ojito worked at one of the asbestos abatement companies for more than a year. During that time, he alleges the companies failed to adequately train employees about the risks of asbestos exposure or provide required safety materials, such as masks and on-site asbestos decontamination showers.

Asbestos is a cancer-causing material used most prevalently in construction from the 1950s-1970s. When disturbed, the material releases carcinogenic fibers into the air. Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that can take decades to develop.

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