As 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.