In today’s paper I had an article about McNeil Island prison being fined $28,400 for exposing inmate workers and employees to asbestos-laden dust because proper precautions weren’t taken.
I just spoke to Tom Hili, one of the certified asbestos supervisors mentioned in a Department of Labor and Industries report on the problems. He was in training and unavailable for comment at the time the story was written.
According to Hili, his involvement with the project was very minor. After the tile was ripped up, he brought a glue product to put on it to prevent the spread of asbestos fibers and put sealed bags containing the tiles into a storage closet.
He said he was never interviewed by L&I about the projects because he “really wasn’t involved” in them.