Lebanon, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined an unlicensed contractor who performed an asbestos abatement at a vacant commercial building on Grant Street and the two people who hired him.
DEQ fined David Cameron Gillott and Laura Lee Gillott $3,605 for failing to hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to perform the asbestos abatement that took place during demolition work.
DEQ also fined the contractor who did the work, Eric John Frazier, doing business as Frazier Construction Company, $2,800 for performing asbestos abatement without a license from DEQ.
The Gillotts, who also failed to have an accredited inspector survey the building for asbestos material before work started, hired Frazier to demolish the building. Vinyl flooring in the building contained asbestos.
Contractors who handle asbestos must be properly trained and licensed. The removal didn't comply with state asbestos regulations and likely caused the release of asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos fibers are a respiratory hazard proven to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Asbestos is a danger to public health and a hazardous air contaminant for which there is no known safe level of exposure.
The Gillotts didn't appeal the penalty. Nor did Frazier.
View the enforcement letters: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/111417GillottFrazier...
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org