Every year, around 2,500 people are diagnosed with some form of mesothelioma in the United States. Although anyone is susceptible to the disease, there are several occupations, such as plumbing, railroad work, heating and cooling, general contracting, and similar jobs, that leave employees at a higher risk for the disease.
Until a relatively recent time, asbestos and similar products were not known to be harmful to those that worked or lived with or near them. Therefore, there are a great many people in Illinois and throughout the country that are dealing with the effects of long-term exposure to asbestos. For many of the sick or injured, there is little their employer could have done to protect them, with the knowledge they had at the time. But does that mean that their employer should not be held responsible for the effects of asbestos exposure on their employees?
An Illinois company has been fined over $1.2 million by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its alleged violations of OSHA asbestos regulations. According to the citations, OSHA opened a Severe Violators Enforcement Program case against AMD Industries Inc. after the agency found that the company was disposing of asbestos products and materials without making the necessary efforts to protect its employees or the general public.