State inspectors fine Girls Preparatory School for presence of asbestos

GPS will have to pay a total of $4,800 in fines to the state of Tennessee. (Image: GPS drone footage from a 2014 WTVC story)

The Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) says an inspection of Girls Preparatory School (GPS) has revealed the presence of asbestos.

The school now faces fines that are in the thousands of dollars.

Inspectors responded to a complaint earlier this summer, in late June. TOSHA says that whistleblower compained after seeing employees improperly removing and demoing asbestos flex board, not wearing protective equipment, and not properly bagging and disposing of asbestos - instead, throwing it in a dumpster.

After the June 29 inspection, TOSHA issued the fine in early August after finding violations that inspectors labelled "serious."

GPS will have to pay a total of $4,800 in fines to the state of Tennessee.

You can read the full inspection report here.

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to GPS for comment on this story. Depend on us to update this story once we hear back.

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