Nursing Home Investigated and Fined After Improper Handling of Asbestos in Facility

The administrator of one nursing home has acknowledged she did not follow state requirements to check whether cancer-causing asbestos was present in 50-year-old floor tiles before workers removed them from a basement laundry room. The lack of adherence to state regulations has prompted an investigation by the Department of Public Health.

Administrator said late last week she was unaware that the tiles to be removed contained asbestos until after they were removed. The required inspection by a licensed inspector to check for asbestos before repairs or renovations are begun in older nursing homes and similar facilities that may contain asbestos was never completed.  The administrator has also admitted she does not know if the contractor she hired, is licensed to work with asbestos.

The investigation by the Health Department has produced penalties in the form of fines against the facility. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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