Employer faces criminal charges

Corporate killing charges laid against company, 3 men
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2010

A Toronto construction company and three men are facing criminal charges in connection with an accident that killed four workers and severely injured a fifth last Christmas Eve.

Metron Construction, Joel Swartz (owner of Metron Construction), Vadim Kazenelson and Benny Saigh have each been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and four counts of criminal negligence causing death.

The charges are the most significant to be levied in Ontario since the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code — which allow corporations and individuals to be held criminally responsible for workplace fatalities and injuries — came into force in 2004 in response to the 1992 Westray mine disaster that killed 26 workers in Nova Scotia.