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Metron Conviction Summary

Metron Construction was cited for criminal negligence causing the worker’s deaths and originally fined $200,000 plus a 25% victim surcharge, which was based on the fact that the fine was over three times the company’s most recent profitable year. Upon filing an appeal by the crown attorney, the appeals court found that the original fine was insufficient, and the company’s fine was increased to $750,000 plus a 25% victim surcharge.

 

The owner of the construction business Joel Swartz was personally fined for four (4) violations under the OHSA and Construction Regulations, and issued a $90,000 fine plus a 25% victim surcharge.

 

The scaffolding company Swing n Scaff was fined $350,000 plus a 25% victim surcharge.

 

The director of the swing stage company, Patrick Deschamps was fined $50,000 plus a 25% victim surcharge.

 

Total Fines $1,240,000 plus 25% victim surcharge Totalling $1.55 Million

 

The project manager, who was on site at the time and played a direct part in the accident, was also charged.  The project manager was convicted of 4 counts of criminal negligence causing death and 1 count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and was sentenced to 3½ years in Jail.

 

Both surviving workers and the family of one of the deceased workers currently have a multi million dollar lawsuit against all involved including the Ministry of Labour for incompetent inspections.

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