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Asbestos removal contractor found in contempt of court

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The owner of a local asbestos removal company has been found in contempt of court.

Mike Singh, who runs Seattle Environmental and Skylite Building Maintenance, has 300 WorkSafe BC citations against him.

Worksafe BC took Singh to court because he also owes more than $300,000 in fines.

Lee Loftus with the BC Insulators Union Local 118 points out asbestos removal is extremely hazardous for workers and says Singh has to clean up his act.

“Court heard that there were violations of clearance letters saying that workplaces were free of asbestos when they weren’t. There is evidence that he was doctoring lab reports that said material didn’t contain asbestos when it did,” he explains.

“He has virtually told the Workers’ Compensation Board to take a hike, that he won’t pay attention to what it does or what it says.”

The BC Supreme Court has fined Singh $15,000.

Last year, another local asbestos contractor, Arthur Moore, was jailed for exposing his workers to asbestos.