Asbestos Inspector Faking Data in NYC

Asbestos Hazard

As the news of the New York City asbestos inspector continues to astonish and outrage most of us, the implications and the outstanding questions regarding such conduct, continue to puzzle investigators and citizens alike.  Saverio Todaro admitted to have not actually performed tests to backup the hundreds of reports that he has filed, in which he claimed no asbestos or led were present.  For over ten years, hundreds of construction sites and buildings were given a clean bill of health, when in reality, that may not have been the case.

Todaro’s guilty plea is not the end of the story, however. Investigators are now looking to find if report falsification is a common practice among inspectors in New York City, and they are investigating the regulatory systems which weren’t able to catch this dangerous practice.

Read the full New York Times article here and use the comments section to voice your opinion.

3 Comments on "Asbestos Inspector Faking Data in NYC"

  1. Asbestos is a known carcinogen. The observation that 50% or more of mesothelioma patients recount a history of asbestos exposure undoubtedly errs on the low side. What this inspector did was to take away, from countless New York citizens, the only known effective protection against mesothelioma —avoiding exposure to asbestos. More dubious inspections or regulations now will not solve the problem. What is needed is for every New York City building constructed during the period when asbestos was freely used to be listed in a registry, inspected or not, torn down or not, and every mesothelioma patient who lived or worked in them should be regarded as exposed, unless incontrovertible evidence can be produced that the building was asbestos free at the time of exposure.

    Robert N. Taub MD PhD
    Milstein Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Director, Mesothelioma Center
    Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Member of the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

  2. Mary Hesdorffer | April 29, 2010 at 6:39 am | Reply

    I sent the following to the author of this piece in the NY Times

    Mr Rashbaum, as a nurse practitioner who has treated hundreds of patients with malignant mesothelioma I was horrified to read about Mr Todaro falsely certifying building free from asbestos. His failure to test for asbestos has exposed uncounted numbers of citizens to unprotected asbestos exposure which will certainly result in additonal cases of mesothelioma that could have been prevented. I wish that we could be certain that there was only one inspector with such callous disregard for human life but I am sure as you stated this is just the tip of the iceberg and in my estimations one of many inspectors across the nation who either poorly perform or as in this case do not perform the expected duties as inspectors. The American public deserves protection from the possilibity of developing asbestos related malignant mesothelioma for which there is no cure and an average life expetency of 12.3 months in “sucessfully” treated patients. The Mesothelioma Foundation has been lobbying for research dollars to be made available to find effective treatments for mesotheioma as well as a goverment ban on asbestos.

  3. I think Mr Todaro should donate all the bribe money he made to Mesothelioma Cancer Research.
    Cannot believe how reckless he could be with peoples lives.

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