Friday, April 10, 2015

Warning!!! Lead Abatement Contractor Criminal Extortion


Watch out for this guy named Donnie Eakin with D.E. Eakin & Sons. He drives a white truck and is in his 60’s. He has sandy long hair, a beer gut and a handlebar mustache. This guy has been driving around Roanoke looking for houses that are getting worked on. He stopped one of our members and told them that their contractor was doing the lead work wrong and implied that he will be calling OSHA on them if our member doesn’t pay him $4,500 to tent the entire house and do the job himself.

He went on to say that he is the ONLY person in Roanoke certified to paint a house and demanded that he gets the work or they go to jail. Then said you’re in the “hot zone.”

He pointed down the street to a house and said that guy refused to use his services and he got a 30K fine from the EPA. He then pointed at another house the other direction and said that guy refused my services and he got a 100K fine. The EPA lead fines in Roanoke ARE real and they ARE happening.

Our members contractor was doing the work correctly as he knows what to do and is certified for lead encapsulation. He had the proper containment zone, posted signs, tarped area, lead suits, respirator, water bucket to step out of the outdoor containment zone, etc.

FYI, you have to be certified to do any work to the inside or the outside of a house if you are disturbing the surface. That includes painting, sheetrock or plaster work, windows, siding, etc. But you don’t have to have a lead abatement certification. The only thing that is required is your RRP certification. Which is a 1 day class on encapsulation of lead rather than removal of it.

The Obama Administration has allowed the EPA to set the fine to $36,000 per day of the violation existing. This is nationwide. OSHA is enforcing it since the EPA doesn’t have the manpower. I have confirmed that this guy HAS turned in SEVERAL people to OSHA when they denied his extortion. Whenever OSHA gets a call they investigate it.

Extortion is a crime. The definition of extortion is “the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.” That’s EXACTLY what this guy is doing.

I contacted our friends with the city, Ann Weaver and Marla Robertson, of Lead Safe Roanoke, and they are very concerned about it.  They are aware of him and this is one of several complaints. A meeting will be set up with OSHA to inform them of what this guy is doing. Ann and Marla do not like this and will be doing everything in their power to stop it.

I am working on seeing if he can be brought up on criminal extortion charges. Roanoke Cities legal department will be involved in this matter as well.

In the mean time, make sure you are using contractors that are certified and that they are doing things correctly so you don’t have to worry about this guy.

This is something that you need to take seriously. It’s not only this guy but city Code Enforcer Kim Asbury has turned in landlords to OSHA to try to get them fined.

In one of the cases I know the details of, all of the children in the house were tested for lead. Fortunately for the landlord they came back negative. If they came back positive, it doesn’t matter if it was their Chinese painted toys or a previous residence where they got it. It stays in your system.

You as the currant landlord would be blamed for it and you would have some very serious consequences as a result. Much worse than the 36K per day fine. Don’t think that it can’t happen to you because it can. AND IT IS HAPPENING IN ROANOKE NOW.


Anonymous said...

Good ol' Oatis Eatman. Call him that. He'll know you know his game.BTW. Otis is 54 y.o. A rough 54 years it's been.

Dallas ® on November 24, 2015 at 12:29 AM said...

So you know about this Donnie Eakin guy or as you say Oatis Eatman. I'll have to call him that if I run into him. Funny that he will know what that means.

That's a very dangerous game that man is playing. I know some good ole boys who would give Ol Oatis Eatman a good ol fashioned beat down if he did that to them.

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