Gordon Hoekstra (Vancouver Sun)
Published: March 01, 2017
Updated: March 01, 2017 8:37 PM
Mike Singh and his companies have been issued hundreds of orders for breaking rules in removing asbestos. Photo by Jenelle Schneider
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit by an asbestos removal company against WorkSafe B.C., labelling the suit “arrant nonsense.”
It’s the fourth such lawsuit against WorkSafe B.C. launched by Mike Singh, who operates Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd., and his son Shawn Singh, who heads up ESS Environmental Ltd. All have been dismissed because the suits have been found to be without merit and are an abuse of process, according to the recently released ruling.
The Singhs have launched other complaints — all of which have failed — including to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, arguing that WorkSafe B.C. has maliciously singled them out for penalties for contraventions of asbestos removal in houses that are to be demolished. At times, the Singhs have said they have been discriminated against because they are Indo-Canadian.
“The ill-advised and unmeritorious litigation campaign that these plaintiffs have been waging, and continue to wage, against the Workers’ Compensation Board and its various representatives should come to an immediate end,” B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nigel P. Kent said in his 12-page ruling.