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Manager Pleads Guilty to Exposing Employees to Asbestos

Daniel E. Nelson, a manager of Hoberg’s Resort and Spa has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of exposing his employees to asbestos.

The Lake County District Attorney’s office alleged that Nelson repeatedly violated the California and OSHA asbestos workplace safety regulations when carrying out demolition of structures, and the DA’s office maintained that by ignoring the regulations there was a real hazard to the employees as they were potentially exposed to asbestos.

Nelson was the acting manager of Lake County Resorts, LLC, who at the time owned Hoberg’s Resort and Spa which was being renovated. In September of 2011, an asbestos inspection was carried out which found asbestos present but the Lake County Air Quality Management District (LCAQMD) never received a completed asbestos notification form.

Following the renovation by employees hired by Nelson, LCAQM staff issued a violation notice having seen large piles of debris on the property which had not been checked for asbestos.

Having pleaded guilty Nelson will have three years’ probation including 60 days in jail, 340 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine and he must also pay $20,000 to the Lakeside Health Clinic of Lake County which will be used for health screenings for potential victims in the case.

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