Blackpool South Pier directors face six month wait for asbestos sentence

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Two directors of The Blackpool Pier Company found guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees must wait until 1 May 2020 to be sentenced by Preston Crown Court.


Following a hearing on 4 December, finance director Fiona Blaylock and director Peter Sedgwick Jr must now wait six months until full conviction, after appointing three members of staff to dismantle a dangerous asbestos-filled structure at the pier in 2018.

“Their culpability was very high,” said Lynda Bennett, prosecuting for Blackpool Council at Blackpool Magistrates Court in November. “The removal of asbestos was unsafe and uncontrolled.”

“There was a major health risk on their hands to the public and the three men who worked on it. Asbestos fibres were floating down the Promenade and were on equipment used by the men.”

Health and Safety officials immediately issued closure notices following the contamination, with a council clean up team dedicating 12 days to remove traces of asbestos fibres from outside and inside the arcade.

Both Blaylock and Sedgwick pleaded guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of the firm’s employees, while the company itself pleaded guilty to eight offences, including failing to ensure the health and safety of the public.

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