Asbestos/Criminal Enforcement: Wyoming Railroad Contractor/General Manager Sentenced for Alleged Violations | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, LLC


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The United States Attorney’s Office for Wyoming issued a press release on July 11 stating that John Eldon Rimmasch (“Rimmasch”) and Wasatch Railroad Contractors (“Wasatch”) were sentenced after being found guilty of knowingly exposed employees to asbestos and placed them in imminent danger. of death or serious bodily injury.

Both the company and the individual were found guilty of five counts of alleged wire fraud.

Wasatch is described as a company doing repairs and restorations on freight cars. Their services would also have included the restoration of historic railway equipment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Wasatch entered into a contract to restore a historic National Park Service wagon. The company allegedly failed to complete the restoration and knowingly placed 30 of its employees in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury by exposing them to asbestos without proper safety precautions. The general manager reportedly ordered Wasatch to invoice the National Park Service and certify that it had carried out the asbestos removal in accordance with the contract.

Rimmasch was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $7,418. Wasatch, who is currently “disappeared”, was ordered to pay a special assessment of $2,400.

A copy of the press release can be downloaded here.


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