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New court dates set for trials in Ontario construction deaths

DCN-JOC News Services
New court dates set for trials in Ontario construction deaths
GOFUNDME - Henry Harder, 26, of Tillsonburg, Ont., a married father of a three-week-old, was one of two construction workers killed when a building collapsed in London, Ont. on Dec. 11, 2020.

WINDSOR, ONT. – The next month could be decisive in three Ontario trials involving deaths that occurred on construction sites in December 2020.

Each case saw charges laid for alleged violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

One of the trials is related to a death that occurred Dec. 29, 2020 following the collapse of a wall three days earlier at a jobsite on Cantelon Drive in Windsor. The employer, A1 Quality Concrete, Demolition and Excavation of Halton Hills, is facing charges related to failing to provide supervision, alert a worker to a hazard and follow procedures contained in the OHSA.

An individual faced five similar counts as an employer.

On Sept. 12, 2022, the matter was adjourned to Oct. 28 for pretrial.

In a Toronto trial, the Limen Group Const. (2019) Ltd. is charged with eight violations of the OHSA for its role in a Dec. 14, 2020 death at a Toronto construction site. Charges were also laid against two supervisors and two workers.

On Aug. 24, 2022, the case was adjourned to Sept. 28 for continuing pretrial, and to Sept. 29 to be spoken to.

The third case involves an investigation into two deaths resulting from the Dec. 11, 2020 collapse of part of a low-rise residential building under construction on Wonderland Road in London.

Construction workers John Martens of Langton, Ont. and Henry Harder of Tillsonburg, Ont. died in the incident.

Seven charges were laid against iSpan Systems LP and East Elgin Concrete Forming Ltd. in the mishap. An eighth charge was laid against an individual for allegedly providing negligent advice that endangered a worker.

On Aug. 25, 2022, the matter was adjourned to Oct. 4 to be spoken to.

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