Management Remediation and Response Services

December 23, 2010

Asbestos Level Underestimated

A claim for an at-risk construction management firm arose during extensive renovation and abatement at a school.  The construction manager hired a firm to estimate the levels of asbestos in school.  The claimant alleged that the level of asbestos was grossly underestimated resulting in an additional $13 million during construction to abate asbestos. 

This is a claim scenario developed from a single claim or several claims and has been developed for illustrative purposes only.

September 21, 2010

Electrical Contractor Releases Asbestos

Acknowledgement to Great American

While installing new electrical lines in a historic building the contractor used a hole saw to cut through a ceiling. Unknown to the contractor, the saw had inadvertently disturbed and released asbestos-containing insulation material. The contractor had to pay for clean‐up costs for the asbestos fibers released throughout the building.…

September 21, 2010

Asbestos Contaminates Museum

Acknowledgement to Great American

During the demolition of a portion of a museum a contractor inadvertently disturbed unknown asbestos that had been contained in the floor tiles. The asbestos contaminated other areas of the museum, forcing closure during the remediation. The demolition contractor was held responsible for the clean-up costs and business interruption.…

September 3, 2010

Landfill Sued For Contamination of Neighboring Property

Acknowledgement to Great American

Operators of a construction and demolition (C&D) waste landfill were sued by an adjacent property owned who alleged that contamination had migrated from the C&D landfill onto their property. The complaint alleged that the C&D operators accepted asbestos and various liquid wastes which subsequently contaminated the groundwater. The complaint also alleged that residents of the adjacent property had developed unspecified health problems as a result of the contamination.…

July 22, 2010

Contractors Face Jail and Fines

Two Syracuse, NY contractors have been sentenced to jail for asbestos removal jobs that contaminated homes and businesses and even resulted in a Superfund cleanup. A federal judge also ordered the men to pay over $969,000 in restitution. The contractors pleaded guilty to violations of the Clean Air Act and other crimes relating to asbestos removal work that left much of the carcinogen behind.…