Three former shipbuilding company executives have been sentenced to jailtime in connection with asbestos deaths.
Three ex-executives of an Italian shipbuilding company have been jailed in connection with the deaths of numerous workers due to asbestos exposure. As reported by AFP, the former executives of Fincantieri were sentenced by a Sicilian court on Monday for negligent homicide following the deaths of 37 workers.
As noted in the report, the company allegedly used the toxic material following a ban on it in Italy.
Prosecutors are quoted by the AFP as stating during closing arguments, “The danger of asbestos has been known since the 1950s. Nevertheless, Fincantieri failed to take the most basic steps to prevent the inhalation of asbestos dust and fibres.”
As further noted in the report, the largest asbestos contamination class action lawsuit to ever be filed opened last year in Turin, with approximately 6,000 individuals having joined in.