Surrey asbestos contractor jailed for defying court order to protect his workers
Posted on January 27, 2012 8:08 am
The owner of a company that exposed workers to asbestos during home demolitions has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for contempt of a court order.
The sentence imposed on Arthur Moore of Surrey-based AM Environmental by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Richard Goepel came after Moore ignored a restraining order to stop putting workers as young as 14 at risk of exposure to the deadly substance.
Justice Goepel said the contempt in this case was “serious” and Moore had demonstrated an “indifference” to the lives of his workers that required a “severe response.”
A lawyer for WorkSafeBC had sought a jail sentence from six months to a year, but the judge said that a sentence of that length was greater than warranted.