Friday, March 17, 2017

Tenants exposed to asbestos, toxic substances. No protection of tenants installation of Verizon Fios.


Jozef,

The drilling by Verizon who are installing Fios should have been preceded by a notice to ALL tenants.

As you know wall penetrations are to be treated as drilling through (a) asbestos containing materials, and (b) lead-based or containing paints.

Additionally work should be performed with a High Efficiency Particular Air (HEPA) filter equipped vacuum cleaner, as well as a supply of plastic sheeting, sponges, plastic waste bags, water, etc.

Plastic sheeting should have been laid down immediately where the holes were/are being drilled (in all of your buildings).

Further, the area should be closed off to foot traffic using barrier tape.

Holes should have been, and should be going forward, drilled through a wet sponge.

Any dust should be immediately vacuumed or wiped up using wet sponges.

Dust and debris left behind contain lead and asbestos contamination and should be re-vacuumed. NOTE: No cleaning whatsoever has been performed by Verizon or by ABC Properties.

The doorways of the apartments should have been sealed with two layers of plastic on the entire floor.

WARNING signs at the entry to the work area/zones should have been posted on doors, work areas.

No tenants or staff should be present in work area. Tenants and staff can return to the site after proper cleanup of contamination has been completed.

THE TENANTS, VISITORS, OTHERS HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY EXPOSED TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE DUST PARTICLES OF THESE TOXIC SUBSTANCES IS NOW IN ALL OF OUR APARTMENTS.

On behalf of all the tenants I am requesting proper cleanup of the affected floors immediately. Additionally, on behalf of all the tenants, I am requesting work be:

1.    Tenants should be given notice one week before any work to be done in the common areas of the building. This can be done by posting SIGNS throughout the property one week before any work is to be commenced.
2.    Proper methods of doing the work, as outlined above, should be immediately implemented so that tenants are not unduly exposed to health hazards.

Immediate and proper clean up of the affected areas is urgently requested as everyone walking in and out of their apartments will now be contaminating their apartments and their belongings.

Your prompt attention to this very serious concern is most appreciated.

Yours truly,

Kirby Sommers
President
Cornfeld Tenants Association
143 West 69 Street #5G
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (212) 787-8726 

SEE PHOTO OF APARTMENT FLOOR DUST taken after Verizon Fios worked on the 5th floor of building 143 West 69 Street. That's contaminated dust, folks.

Contaminated lead, asbestos dust on hardwood floor of apartment.