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May 16, 2019

Ongoing asbestos cleanup forces two schools to spend another year in temporary campuses

Source:, May 15, 2019 By: Marta Jewson Two New Orleans charter schools will spend 2019-2020 in temporary facilities as multimillion-dollar asbestos remediation jobs stretch into another school year. The schools — Lafayette Academy and Rosenwald Collegiate Academy — had previously been expected to move into their permanent buildings this fall. In a lawsuit filed […]

May 16, 2019

Frantic parents fear for kids after radioactive contamination found at Ohio middle school

Source:, May 16, 2019 By: Safia Samee Ali “It’s so scary that my child has been exposed to this because I have no idea how it’s going to affect him,” one mother said. Ashley Day has always worried about the health risks of living a few miles from a defunct nuclear power plant in […]

April 18, 2019

Architects dropped from public housing lawsuit over mold

Source:, April 18, 2019 By: Elizabeth Dinanc An architectural firm has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging faulty construction caused mold in apartments at the Wamesit Place public housing complex, while a related suit is ongoing at Superior Court, and the dispute is scheduled for mediation. The lawsuit was filed by Portsmouth attorney John […]

April 11, 2019

Lawsuit filed against firms in Fraser sewer collapse

Source:, April 9, 2019 By: Sarah Rahal A lawsuit has been filed against three companies in connection with a sewer line collapse in Fraser that cost $75 million to repair. Officials say the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District filed the lawsuit Tuesday and seeks to recoup losses from the Christmas Eve 2016 collapse. The […]

April 2, 2019

Completion of high school project delayed another year

Source: AXA XL Environmental To achieve the completion date on a school project, the GC accelerated its schedule, allowing the drywall contractor to start before the building envelope was completed. Rain damaged a majority of the installed drywall as well as the materials stored on site. This resulted in $2 million in repair costs and […]

April 2, 2019

Local bank faces both asbestos and mold cleanup

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC renovating a bank hired an asbestos abatement contractor. As part of their final cleanup process on a Friday, the abatement contractor utilized a high-pressure wash, resulting in saturated carpets, ceilings and walls. Materials remained saturated over the weekend while the HVAC system remained turned off. The GC was greeted […]

April 2, 2019

Renovations at school result in bodily injury claims

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC was renovating an elementary school. During the course of work, dust from concrete cutting set off the fire alarms. Parents of students filed a claim against the general contractor for bodily injury due to fear of contracting silicosis. Although the GC was not held liable for causing a pollution […]

April 2, 2019

Contractor causes property damage to building

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC used muriatic acid while performing concrete etching in a commercial building. The highly corrosive fumes from the acid were not properly contained and were released into the building damaging the newly installed chrome fixtures. As a result, the GC was responsible for $75,000 in property damages.

April 2, 2019

Contractor destroys company’s heating/air conditioning system

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC removed lead-based paint from a commercial building. The contractor isolated the work areas with containment; however, the HVAC system was not disconnected. The dust generated from the lead removal operations clogged the heating coils of the HVAC system in the building. The contractor was liable for replacing the HVAC […]

April 2, 2019

City workers sickened

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC was renovating a municipal government building and did not properly contain the area to minimize seepage of fumes from materials utilized and emissions from gas-powered generators and equipment. Ten separate bodily injury claims were filed when employees complained of headaches, nausea and respiratory  problems due to unsafe air quality […]

April 2, 2019

Homeowner finds sewage in drinking water

Source: AXA XL Environmental A subcontractor improperly tied-in sewage piping during installation causing raw sewage to migrate into the underlying ground, contaminating a nearby water well. The general contractor was subject to defense costs exceeding $25,000 as well as property damage and bodily injury claims.

April 2, 2019

Employees are hospitalized after installation of new carpets

Source: AXA XL Environmental A GC installed new carpeting in an office building. One week after installation, the building owner informed the contractor that employees were complaining of headaches and dizziness. This was attributed to the odors from the new carpets. The general contractor could not prove that the manufacturer of the carpet or the carpet […]



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