Criminal Negligence Charges Laid in Christmas Eve Scaffolding Deaths

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Metron Construction Corporation along with three individuals related to the company have eachbeen charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and four counts of criminal negligence causing death. This is part of a growing trend of police investigation and criminalcharges relating to workplace injury and death arising from the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code.

The charges arise from the deaths of four migrant workers and the critical injury of another following the collapse of a swing stage scaffold on the 13th floor of a Toronto apartment building on Christmas Eve of 2009. The incident received national media when the workplace tragedy occurred. The Government of Ontario appointed the University of Toronto’s Tony Dean to conduct an inquiry into the safety of workplace safety prevention initiatives after this incident.