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Ontario 2012 – R. v. Swartz Copy

December 2009

Fatal accident

  • 5 workers fell from the 13th floor of a building.
  • The scaffolding on which they were working collapsed under their weight.
  • 4 workers died.
  • The worker who survived was the only one wearing a safety harness.
  • The autopsy revealed that some of the workers had consumed cannabis shortly before the accident.

July 2012

Verdict rendered in Ontario

  • Metron Construction Corp. was fined $200,000 for criminal negligence.
  • Company president Joel Swartz was personally sentenced to pay 4 fines of $22,500, one for each of the charges laid.
  • Joel Swartz paid a total of $90,000 in fines for breaking Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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