Nursing home agrees to $225,000 settlement over charges of asbestos exposure

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A California nursing home has agreed to a $225,000 settlement over charges that it did not handle asbestos properly during a renovation, according to local news sources.

The Windsor Gardens facility in Salinas and its general contractor relied on an incomplete “operations and maintenance” report rather than a full survey when doing a renovation in 2012, the suit stated. As a result, they did not know that wallboard in patient rooms contained asbestos, and the harmful substance — which can cause lung cancer — was emitted during work, local CBS affiliate KION reported Thursday.

Windsor Gardens and its operator, S&F Management Company, entered into the settlement with the Monterey County District Attorney's Environmental Protection Unit, according to KION. In addition, general contractor The Stahl Companies will pay $70,435 in a civil settlement.

Windsor Gardens is a 99-bed, for-profit facility, according to Nursing Home Compare. The facility had not responded to a call from McKnight's as of press time.