Blackpool pier owners sentenced over refurbishing asbestos lined arcade while open to the public | Blackpool Gazette

The owners of Blackpool’s South Pier, who demolished part of an asbestos-lined arcade while visitors were allowed to roam nearby, have been given 300 hours of unpaid work as the company was ordered to pay a £134,000 fine and £38,000 costs.

Around 600 workers and members of the public were potentially exposed to asbestos fibres from Blackpool’s South Pier after the pier’s directors, Peter Sedgwick Jr, 39, and Fiona Blaylock, 44, cut corners on cost to remove a circus style roof above the main landward arcade.

To save spending £17,000 for a genuine firm to do the work – which would have meant losing six days trading – the duo instructed three untrained and ill equipped employees to do the work in disposable body suits.

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