A San Diego woman has pleaded guilty to falsely certifying workers as trained to remove asbestos. Lachelle Thrower reportedly awarded as many as 150 certificates to workers who did not attend asbestos-removal training or take the necessary exam. Thrower also kept the fees paid by the workers instead of giving the money to the company she worked for.
Asbestos removal training is the only way to ensure workers properly exhume the carcinogenic substance from buildings. Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma cancer, a severe form of cancer that can attack the lungs and abdominal cavity. The disease can take decades to develop after initial exposure.
Thousands of Americans are given a mesothelioma diagnosis every year as a result of asbestos exposure. Many have filed mesothelioma lawsuits against former employers, alleging that the companies knowingly exposed them to asbestos while on the job without providing proper education or safety gear.