KDKA Investigates: Man Refuses To Take Fall For Illegal Asbestos Removal

PITTSBURGH, THIS IS KDK A NEWS AT 6:00. ONE OF THE MEN WHO TOOK THE FALL FOR A LOCAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL SCANDAL IS SPEAKING OUT. HE SAID PAINTERS TRIED TO BRIBE HIM TO TAKE THE BLAME AT THE FORMER WESTINGHOUSE SITE. Reporter: CONSTANTLY GRINDING THE FLOORS AND SWEEPING IT UP WITH BROOMS AND PUTTING THEM IN BAGS HE HAD A GROUP OF WORKERS TOLD TO REMOVE TILES FROM THE ABANDONED BUILDINGS BUT HE WAS NEVER TOLD THEY CONTAINED DANGEROUS LEVELS OF ASBESTOS THEY SAID IT WAS SAFE. HE TOLD ME HE TESTED THE AIR AND TESTED THE TILES AND IT WAS ALL NEGATIVE. THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD ME. HE DID NONE OF THESE THINGS? HE DID NOTHING AT ALL. WHEN THEY CHARGED THE PROPERTY OWNERS, RAY, THEIR LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE SAID THAT JAMES ASKED HIM TO TAKE THE FALL. THEY SAID WE NEED YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. I SAID IN WHAT MATTER. HE SAID THEY Demand YOU TO Make THE BLAME. Reporter: A HEARING OFFICER THREW OUT CHARGES RULING HE WAS SET UP AFTER HE TESTIFIED HE AND THE WORKERS WERE TOLD TO DO THE JOB WITH NO PROTECTIONS.YOU HAD NO PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. AND THE MASKS I GOT FOR THE GUYS THERE WAS NO CONTAINMENT? NOTHING. Nothing WHATSOEVER. YOU’RE NOT LICENSED TO DO THAT? I’M NOT LICENSED TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT REPORTER: TO COVER THEIR TRACKS, HE Generated A DUMBY COMPANY TELLING THE COUNTY THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE. IN THE SENSE, WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO WAS PUT ALL OF THE BLAME ON RAY. Reporter: THEN THEY TRIED TO BUY HIS SILENCE. WHAT DID THEY OFFER YOU A HOUSE, MONEY, A Automobile FOR MY MOTHER, A HOUSE FOR MY MOTHER IF I WOULD TAKE THE BLAME OR I KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.I COULDN’T DO IT. ALL COMMENTS SINCE WE BROKE THE STORY MONTHS AGO. IN FRONT OF THEIR OWN HEARING HAVE MAINTAINED THEIR INNOCENCE AND ENABLE TO PAY FINES OF $ 1.4 MILLION FOR IMPROPERLY REMOVING THE ASBESTOS. ALL FOCUS IS NOW ON THE JANES FIGHTING THE FINE FOR THE ASBESTOS REMOVAL. THE LEGAL PROCEDURE WILL BE DRAWN OUT ..

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