Renovations at a former New York psychiatric center exposed workers to lead and asbestos hazards, leading to a huge OSHA settlement for this real estate development company.
Dover Greens, formerly known as Olivet Management, was acting as its own general contractor while renovating the abandoned Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center. The plan is to turn the old mental hospital in Dover, NY, into a college.
OSHA visited the work site in 2013 and discovered Dover workers and employees of 13 contractors were scraping lead paint off walls and sweeping up asbestos debris without using safe removal methods, such as wetting and vacuuming. None of the workers were wearing respirators, either.
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