$1.8M Fine Levied After H-2B Workers Exposed To Asbestos

By Allissa Wickham (August 11, 2015, 9:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that an Illinois construction company and its manager are facing roughly $1.8 million in penalties for willfully exposing workers to asbestos, some of whom were Hispanic employees on temporary H-2B visas.

Kehrer Brothers Construction and manager Joseph Kehrer were hit with proposed penalties of $1,792,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after inspectors found that Kehrer and other supervisors had allegedly instructed workers to remove material containing asbestos during a former school's renovation.

Kehrer and his company are accused of willfully exposing at least eight workers to asbestos, which can cause lung disease...

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