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Worcester area contractor convicted of illegal asbestos removal, child endangerment

Danger Asbestos

By  Megan Bard | mmorse@masslive.com  

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