Winona State University, located in Minnesota, is facing seven different fines for violations all relating to asbestos. State OSHA officials say the fines could total $24,500 but the school is planning on contesting the violations.
The fines are all tied to violations related to the removal of asbestos from dormitories and other locations across campus this past year. The biggest complaint is that the university failed to take precautions to protect workers when insulation containing asbestos was removed and replaced.
The violations posted on campus included violations related to plumbing, water softener replacement, air monitoring, lack of filtration and collection systems for contaminated air, lack of protective clothing for the workers, nothing posted concerning the presence of asbestos-containing materials, and a lack of records detailing asbestos removal from 1995 to 2005.
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