After Metron: The Corporate Criminal Liability Landscape in Canada

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On December 24, 2009, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a swing stage collapsed on a construction project at 2757 Kipling Avenue, Toronto. At least six workers were on the stage at the time of the collapse. Five of them fell approximately 14 floors to the ground. A sixth worker (the only one properly attached to a “lifeline”) was held by his lifeline and was pulled to safety onto a nearby balcony.

Four of the five workers who fell died as a result of their injuries from the fall.

The fifth worker suffered significant injuries, but survived the fall.

Based on these dreadful and widely-known facts Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) has been found guilty of a single charge of criminal negligence causing death. On July 13, 2012, after hearing and considering submissions from the Crown and Metron, the Ontario Court of Justice sentenced Metron to a $200,000 fine.

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