Company Fined For Improper Asbestos Removal in PittsfieldStaff Reports
01:49PM / Friday, November 01, 2013
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has fined the company who demolished the Bartlett Avenue apartment complex that burned in 2011 for improperly removing asbestos.
The state Department of Environmental Protection fined Francesco Demolition Inc. of Pembroke $10,000 for the violation. According to DEP, one of the company's subcontractors removed asbestos transite siding from the building without following proper removal procedures. A contractor is required to follow certain procedures to reduce any health risks connected with asbestos abatement.
The violation was discovered during a March 28, 2012 inspection. The building at 149-153 Bartlett Avenue was demolished then after a fire gutted the building a year earlier.
Francesco will pay $2,500 of that penalty and the remainder will be suspended. The remainder of the fine will lifted if the company complies with asbestos regulations for two years.
"MassDEP’s asbestos regulations protect public health and the environment by establishing safe handling practices to prevent the release of asbestos fibers," said Michael Gorski, director of DEP's western regional office in Springfield, in a prepared statement. "Asbestos, a known carcinogen, must be properly handled to ensure that the general public is adequately protected from exposure to asbestos fibers."