Handle Your Asbestos Properly or Risk Jail Time!

Posted: April 11, 2011

Consider this Upstate New York Contractor who was convicted in an asbestos case:

The Wall Street Journal reported on November 15, 2010 that Keith Gordon-Smith and Gordon-Smith Contracting were convicted of eight counts of asbestos-removal violations. Workers were exposed to the toxic air pollutant when, as prosecutors described, “asbestos fell like snow on workers who wore no protective suits.” Gordon-Smith faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $250,000 on each count and his company could be fined up to $500,000 on each count.


If you have a renovation or demolition project and are uncertain of the possibility of asbestos being disturbed, you should have an asbestos survey done to ensure the safety of all workers on the project. Renovations and demolitions don’t always require large scale asbestos abatement activities but you need to know where asbestos is located and how it might be impacted. Don’t wait until “asbestos falls like snow!” Protect workers, protect your pocketbook, and stay out of jail. Call KEM for an asbestos survey for any building renovation or demolition. Even newer buildings might contain asbestos floor tiles, gaskets, etc.

KEM has earned a reputation as one of the leading consultants in asbestos inspections, assessment abatement design and management. J. Brent Kynoch has been a leader in the asbestos abatement industry since 1984.