Briefly: State Street worksite cited for asbestos safety violations

An old factory at 1175 State St. has been cited for 18 severe health and safety standard violations, the New Haven Register reported this week. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Monday that the building developer, State Assets LLC, had failed to monitor the level of asbestos workers were exposed to, and did not provide an asbestos removal site. The Brooklyn-based firm also failed to provide workers with protective clothing and respirators. State Assets faces a $48,100 fine and is also being investigated by the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Department of Public Health. There are allegations that illegal immigrants were sleeping on cots inside the factory and carting out asbestos-tainted materials at night. State Assets has until Dec. 16 to contest the allegations or meet with OSHA.

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