USA: RESPONSABILE AZIENDA CONDANNATO A SEI ANNI DI PRIGIONE PER LA VIOLAZIONE DI NORME IN MATERIA DI SCOIBENTAZIONE AMIANTO.
Dal sito OSHA, l’Agenzia Usa per la salute e sicurezza nei luoghi di lavoro riportiamo la notizia di questa durissima sentenza: 72 mesi di prigione per la totale elusione delle norme in materia di protezione dei lavoratori e 300 mila dollari di multa. La favoletta che la pubblica amministrazione USA sarebbe indulgente rispetto agli imprenditori che violano le norme è ampiamente smentita da sentenze come questa.
Asbestos contractor sentenced to six years in prison for violating Clean Air Act and lying to OSHA
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Sept. 22 that asbestos contractor Keith Gordon-Smith, owner of Gordon-Smith Contracting, convicted of multiple counts of violating the Clean Air Act and lying to OSHA inspectors, was sentenced to 72 months in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. DOJ stated that the defendant caused employees of Gordon-Smith Contracting Inc. to improperly remove asbestos during the partial demolition of a building on the site of the former Genesee Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
“The Court’s sentence properly punishes Gordon-Smith and his company for the egregious crimes that placed workers and their families at risk and for his complete disregard of the environmental laws that protect human health and the environment,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.
Among other things, Gordon-Smith ordered workers to tear out copper pipes and scrap metal from a six-story building that contained over 70,000 square feet of asbestos. When the workers–who were not provided with any masks or protective clothing–removed the pipes, ceiling tiles and scrap metal, they were repeatedly exposed to asbestos which they told jurors was falling on them “like snow.” Workers testified that Gordon-Smith repeatedly told them that the material was not asbestos. Following worker complaints, OSHA sent an inspector to the Genesee Hospital to ensure that the workers were protected. On three separate occasions, Gordon-Smith falsely denied that any pre-abatement disturbance of asbestos took place. He falsely stated that tiles and scrap metal were torn out by other, unknown parties, when in fact he had himself ordered his workers to do so. See the news release* for more information.