Contractor Settles Suit Over Allegations of Asbestos Poisoning at Harbor Place

A Quincy construction company and a New Hampshire-based asbestos abatement company have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to settle allegations of asbestos poisoning during the construction of Haverhill’s Harbor Place.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday that the judgment filed in Suffolk Superior Court settles the suit brought against Dellbrook Construction and A-Best Abatement. The AG’s suit alleges that the companies failed to comply with the state’s clean air and asbestos safe handling laws.

“Companies must ensure that any construction and demolition work involving asbestos is done in a safe and legal way to protect workers and the public,” Healey said.

During the construction of Harbor Place, the defendants allegedly polluted the air with asbestos, a mineral fiber that can cause cancer if improperly handled. The complaint alleged Dellbrook allowed a pipe containing asbestos to be crushed into pieces and scattered in open air around the property.

The companies also faced fines tied to a renovation project at Lowell’s Mass Mills residential development.