SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Further action Friday at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, where the state sent inspectors to examine the situation after mold was discovered inside the building there are month. And while some are happy to see more action being taken, they say it’s still not enough.
Environmental Health and Engineering is inspecting the courthouse at this time. A courthouse worker we spoke with hopes for more transparency from the state.
“People have feelings and fear is fear. And that’s what’s happening in this building,” Hampden County Clerk Laura Gentile said.
Workers at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse are still concerned for their health and safety, after an independent inspection found evidence of toxic and carcinogenic mold in the building just weeks ago. This after the discovery of mold last summer forced a temporary shutdown of the courthouse for cleaning.
On Friday, a company called Newton Ma’s Environmental Health and Engineering inspected the building all day.
“I don’t know why they’re in there, so it doesn’t necessarily make me feel better,” Hampden County Clerk Laura Gentile said.
Gentile works daily inside the courthouse. She told us she wanted to do more.
“I would like to know that we are as safe as possible and that they are moving to find a new location as quickly as possible,” Gentile said.
Rob Ditusa is an attorney representing a number of current and former courthouse employees who are suing the trial court over the moldy conditions. He said his customers agreed with Gentil that more action needed to be taken and it needed to be done quickly.
“The sole purpose of this litigation is to try to get the courthouse closed so that we can protect the health and safety of the people who are forced to go there on a daily basis,” Ditusa said.
Gentile said she understands why there was no clear communication between the trial court and the employees – as there is currently a lawsuit pending. But she said once the litigation is over, she expects to hear a lot more from the state.
“At this point, there’s really no reason why they can’t be completely transparent,” Gentile said.
The state Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear the case on April 27.
We asked the trial court whether the results of this inspection would be made public, but they replied that they had no further comment.
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