Worcester area contractor convicted of illegal asbestos removal, child endangerment
By Megan Bard | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Webster man has been found guilty of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos and failing to provide a teenager contracted to help with the work with protective clothing during a 2008 job, according to the state attorney general’s office.
Daniel Watterson, 43, a plumbing and heating contractor working under three different company names, was found guilty of three charges of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act after a five-day jury trial in Worcester Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a news release on Monday. Watterson, whose companies were called “The Clog Specialist,” “Dan the Heating Man,” and “DW Plumbing & Heating,” was not appropriately licensed to do the work.
Watterson had been charged with failing to file notices of asbestos removal with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; improper removal of asbestos-containing material; and improper disposal of asbestos-containing Materials.
Watterson was also found guilty of one count of child endangerment after he hired a teenager to remove asbestos insulation from around two old boilers in a Worcester residence and then demolish and dispose of the boilers. This was the first use of the child endangerment statute in an asbestos case, according to Coakley. Read more
Posted on August 13, 2014, in Asbestos, Indoor Air Quality, Litigation, Remediation/Renovation and tagged asbestos exposure, child endangerment, Illegal asbestos removal, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.