An asbestos-removal company is in court tomorrow, facing accusations of repeatedly exposing workers to the deadly material.
B.C. Insulators Union spokesman Lee Loftus wants jail time for Seattle Environmental director Mike Singh and his son Shawn.
As someone who has seen firsthand what asbestos does, Loftus says the punishment fits the crime.
“I’ve watched many, many people die as a result of this. I fully understand what this means, and I don’t think Mr. Singh does. He’s probably never had to sit at a bedside and watch somebody pass away. I’ve done that.”
“We are looking for jail time. We were successful in doing it in the past when another individual did this and was exposing young kids and women to asbestos and we understand he has since gone to jail, returned to the public, and has stopped. So maybe this is the deterrent that works.”
Asbestos was once widely used as a fire retardant and remains in a variety of older buildings in roofing, flooring, and insulating materials, among others.
The material, which is made of tiny fibres that can get into the lungs, is known to cause both lung and chest cancer, as well as a condition called asbestosis, which is a scarring of the lungs which makes breathing difficult.
The BC Federation of Labour and BC Insulators Union’s joint statement allege the Singh family breached court orders demanding they not violate workplace regulations.