Property management company Willmax Capital Management, Inc. is currently facing charges for releasing asbestos containing fibers into the air during a renovation. Residents of The Overlook at Mile High Apartments in Denver were deemed exposed to the hazardous materials back in February 2014 by health officials. A total of 94 apartment residents were evacuated and relocated to hotels.
The charges are for knowingly violating a federal rule that requires an inspection for the presence of asbestos containing materials prior to any and all renovations and negligently releasing asbestos fibers into the air. Asbestos contamination can lead to serious injury or death. The subcontractor was working the in the hallways to sand and remove carpeting. The carpeting glue contained the asbestos containing material “mastic.”
The property management company’s corporate executive will plea guilty and take responsibility. The hearing is this month for one federal misdemeanor charge. The repercussions could be up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Both the property management company and the corporate executive have been working hard to tighten current policies to prevent similar situations in the future and keep their tenants safe. The company has spent nearly $1 million on remediation, reimbursing residents, and conducting extensive training for employees.
The asbestos laws, rules, and regulations are in place for a good cause – to prevent harm and ensure safety. There are specialty contractors, such as Alliance Environmental Group, that can help prevent lawsuits such as this one. Removing hazardous materials is never an easy task and can be costly and time effective; however, there truly is no price for safety. It is imperative when a hazardous material is encountered on a project that it is handled and disposed of properly. For a free asbestos abatement quote, call Alliance Environmental Group at (877) 858-6220 today.
About Alliance Environmental
With more than 75 years of experience, Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. is one of the leading environmental contractors in California. Alliance Environmental provides innovative solutions in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold abatement; air and HVAC duct cleaning; heat treatment for pest control; structural pasteurization; demolition and emergency response. The company has successfully completed more than 120,000 remediation projects in California and surrounding areas. For more information, go to www.alliance-enviro.com.