Samuel Nebedum, an inspector with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is facing charges about alleged bribes. Over a period of ten years, the inspector is accused of ignoring violations at the worksites of an asbestos abatement contractor.
Inspector overlooked unsafe conditions
Nebedum allegedly accepted cash, meals and even expensive fish as bribes. In return, he ignored asbestos regulations, tipped the contractor about inspections and referred business to the contractor. He allegedly received $10,000 in cash during the decade.
He allegedly put lives at risk
The New York Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Investigation conducted a joint investigation that revealed his wrongdoing. A DEP spokesperson stated proper asbestos abatement protects the health of the public, including workers on the jobsites. By disregarding safety concerns, Nebedum put New Yorker’s lives at risk.
The inspector has been charged with second-degree bribery and official misconduct.
Any asbestos exposure can be fatal
According to the National Cancer Institute, anyone who is exposed to asbestos is at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. It can take a long time for symptoms to appear, anywhere from 10 to 40 years.
Asbestos can cause mesothelioma
When you breathe in asbestos, the fibers can get trapped in your lungs. The fibers may cause scarring and inflammation, which can lead to serious health issues.
Asbestos is believed to cause mesothelioma, which is an otherwise rare form of cancer. Mesothelioma occurs in the thin membranes between the chest and abdomen. For many people with mesothelioma, there is no cure.
Asbestos exposure increases the risk of asbestosis, which causes shortness of breath and permanent lung damage. Exposure may also cause lung ailments like pleural plagues, pleural thickening and pleural effusions. Some believe asbestos exposure leads to cancers of the colon, ovaries, pharynx and stomach.
Injured workers have a legal right to care
If you were exposed to asbestos at a New York worksite, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consider reaching out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney will help you get the care you need for what could be a serious health issue.