Alstom Power Boiler liable for exposing workers to asbestos
September 5, 2006
Lille, France - A court ordered Monday that Alstom Power Boiler, a company that manufactures industrial boilers, was liable for exposing employees to asbestos.
The ruling was the first time a French court has ruled that companies
can be criminally liable for exposing employees to asbestos.
The court fined the company €75,000 (US$96,435), the maximum amount for the charge and sentenced former Lys-les-Lannoy site director Bernard Gomez, to a nine-month suspended jail term with a fine of €3,000 (US$3,857).
The court also awarded €10,000 (US$12,858) to each of the 150 defendants in the case as part of a civil judgment.