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New trial dates set for Ontario contractors charged in four jobsite deaths

DCN-JOC News Services
New trial dates set for Ontario contractors charged in four jobsite deaths

LONDON, ONT. — New trial dates have been set for three Ontario court cases involving a total of four construction deaths in December 2020.

iSpan Systems LP and East Elgin Concrete Forming Ltd. are scheduled to appear in court in London Aug. 23 following a July 27 adjournment. The firms are facing charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) relating to a double fatality that occurred Dec. 11, 2020 on Wonderland Road in London. That day, part of a low-rise residential building under construction collapsed, killing John Martens of Langton, Ont. and Henry Harder of Tillsonburg, Ont. and injuring others.

Limen Group Const. Ltd. will have its next day in court in Toronto on Aug. 24. Limen faces charges under the OHSA in the death of construction worker Andrew Orfanakos, 48, of Newmarket, Ont. on Dec. 14, 2020 at a Toronto construction site.

The fatality was allegedly related to an incident in which a crane hoisting concrete blocks unsafely used embedded rebar as attachment points.

The third case involves A1 Quality Concrete, Demolition & Excavation, also facing charges under the OHSA for its role in the death of a worker on Dec. 29, 2020 following the collapse of a wall under construction three days earlier at a jobsite on Cantelon Drive in Windsor.

The matter has been adjourned to Windsor court with the contractor’s next appearance scheduled for Sept. 12.

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