Former Power Plant Managers Indicted for Asbestos-Related Manslaughter Charges
A half-dozen ex-managers employed by a large Italian power company have been indicted for manslaughter, cited in the deaths of eight workers who succumbed to the effects of asbestos exposure.
According to a UPI article, the managers all worked for ENEL Corporation. One of the defendants, Francesco Corbellini, served as the power company’s chairman from 1979 through 1987. The other defendants were employed as managers at the company’s Turbigo plant, which is located in Milan.
The families of the eight individuals suing Corbellini and the others claim that their loved ones consistently inhaled asbestos dust while working in the Turbigo power plant in the 1970s and 1980s. All of them died of malignant pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer associated with exposure to asbestos. The suit alleges that the managers and company officials knew they were putting the men in danger by allowing them to work with the toxic material yet did nothing to halt the exposure.
Similar scenarios to this one in Italy have played out in the United States as well. Power plant workers are high on the list of those at risk for developing a host of asbestos-related diseases including both asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was used abundantly inside America’s power plants, largely due to its heat-resistant properties. Much of the equipment inside a power plant operates at high temperatures and, as such, asbestos materials served as insulation for this equipment, which may have included generators, cables and wires, pumps, valves, and more. When insulation would age or become damaged, it would release tiny asbestos particles in the air where employees could inhale them.
It has been frequently proven that those in a position of authority knew that asbestos was a concern, yet companies failed to warn employees or provide them with any sort of protective gear to prevent inhalation. As a result, lawsuits have been forged against a number of power plants and electrical companies by individuals who are suffering from or have succumbed to diseases like mesothelioma.
This entry was posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am