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Construction manager is given prison sentence of three and one half years

ci-scaffold1306.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxAs previously reported on First Reference Talks, Vadim Kazenelson’s sentence hearing took place regarding the Metron Construction case on October 16, 2015.

On January 11, 2016, we learned that he has been given a sentence of three and one half years. Vadim Kazenelson was the construction company’s project manager regarding the incident where four workers died and another was critically injured after falling 13 storeys from a scaffold on a Toronto apartment building.

According to reports, Kazenelson said nothing after the sentence was handed down, and was led out of the University Ave. court in handcuffs as spectators in the courtroom cried.

The Ontario Federation of Labour calls the sentencing decision for Kazenelson “historic” and noted that “his conviction and sentencing is the first of its kind in Ontario” holding workplace supervisors criminally responsible for harm on the job under the Criminal Code.

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Christina Catenacci

Christina Catenacci, BA, LLB, LLM, was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and has since been a member of the Ontario Bar Association. Christina worked as an editor with First Reference between February 2005 and August 2015, working on publications including The Human Resources Advisor (Ontario, Western and Atlantic editions), HRinfodesk discussing topics in Labour and Employment Law. Christina has decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Western Ontario beginning in the fall of 2015. Read more
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