The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection has filed a civil lawsuit against a Philadelphia contractor for the improper removal of asbestos from a commercial building in Gibbstown.

Lovett Contracting of Northeast Philadelphia was sued after the company removed approximately 3,000 feet of asbestos insulation from piping and left it on the ground of a commercial building that was scheduled to be demolished in 2007.

Lovett did not notify authorities before they took out the asbestos and therefore, there was no certified inspector at the removal site. In addition, the company also failed to wet the insulation before removing it, nor did it store it in leak-proof containers, as is required by law. Furthermore, Lovett has been accused of failing to inspect the building for asbestos before the demolition even occurred.

At the time of the demolition, General Chemical, LLC, of Parsippany had been leasing the building. The company hired Wade Salvage Inc. of Atco to demolish the building but hired Lovett to remove the asbestos.

Neither of the other companies was named in the suit.

If found guilty of all charges, Lovett may face penalties of $32,500 per day for each of the six separate counts against it, in addition to legal fees.

Removing asbestos without taking the proper safety precautions can lead to severe health consequences for those exposed to the mineral. One of the most dangerous diseases associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung, chest and heart cavities. Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to manifest, and by the time it does, it is usually too late for victims to seek treatment.

However, there is still help for those who are suffering with mesothelioma. Turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer immediately for help in filing a claim. You may be eligible to receive thousands, or possibly even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care, and your mesothelioma attorney will ensure you obtain it.

Contact the offices of an acclaimed team of mesothelioma attorneys to file a case and fight for your rights as an asbestos victim.