Judge Dismisses Charges in Falling Plywood Case

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A judge dismissed charges under the Alberta Safety Code Act laid against a construction company after a sheet of plywood fell 44 floors to the ground from a construction site. The ruling was based on a technicality—that is, a discrepancy over the version of the building code with which the construction company was to comply. The company had claimed that it exercised due diligence and that the plywood didn’t come loose because it wasn’t secured properly but because of “a very wicked snowstorm” [EllisDon Construction Services, Calgary Herald, Aug. 9, 2011].