GRPS fined for violations in asbestos mitigation at school

3 SUE :.. FIRST AT NOON — A FINE FOR GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS.A GROUP IS ASKING THEY PAY UP 10 -HOUSAND DOLLARS … AFTER STAFF AND STUDENTS WERE EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS AT NORTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 3 3 TOM :.. 24 HOUR NEWS 8′ S KATHERINE DUCHARME IS AT THE LIVE DESK WITH WHAT WE’RE LEARNING. 3 KATHERINE :.. MICHIGAN’S WORKER SAFETY WATCHDOG — MIOSHA — WANTS GRPS TO PAY THE PENALTY. 3 RENOVATION WORK WAS STOPPED SUDDENLY — AND THE SCHOOL SHUT DOWN IN FEBRUARY — WHEN SOMEONE NOTICED THAT WORKERS AND STUDENTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY ITS LIKELY THAT THEY BREATHED IN SOME OF THE DUST CAUSED BY DEMOLITION…BUT THINK THE POTENTIAL HEALTH IMPACT AS BEING LOW.ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS STATE OFFICIALS SENT TO A PARENT, THE FINE IS FOR FOUR SERIOUS WORKPLACE SAFETY VIOLATIONS.THEY INCLUDE FAILING TO INFORM EMPLOYEES ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING AND FAILING TO TRAIN STAFF ON HOW TO DEAL WITH POSSIBLE EXPOSURE.THE AGENCY IS ALSO PROPOSING PENALTIES FOR TWO CONTRACTORS FOR A VARIETY OF SAFETY VIOLATIONS.THE TWO GROUPS CAN EITHER APPEAL OR PAY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS. 3 KATHERINE :.. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THEY’VE CLEANED UP THE BUILDING AND PLAN TO REOPEN THIS FALL ..

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