register free | resend password

ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy

ID: 1408118
recent pressrelease next pressrelease

(businesspress24) - TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/11/16 -- The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016, when the sentence will be announced for a Metron Construction Project Manager. Vadim Kazenelson is facing four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm after the tragic collapse of a swing stage at a Toronto high-rise on December 24, 2009. His conviction and sentencing is the first of its kind in Ontario.

The OFL launched its "Kill a Worker, Go to Jail" campaign immediately following the Metron tragedy in 2009 to demand jail time for bosses whose criminal negligence results in a worker''s death. The campaign paid off in 2012 when Metron Construction received Ontario''s first criminal conviction since the Criminal Code of Canada was amended in response to the 1992 Westray Mine Disaster. While the company was fined $750,000 plus a victim surcharge, the company''s sole owner and director, Joel Swartz, escaped criminal conviction altogether. In June 2015, an Ontario Superior Court Judge found the Metron Project Manager, Vadim Kazenelson, guilty on five counts of criminal negligence but sentencing was remanded to January 11, 2016.

"This court has the opportunity to make history by throwing Mr. Kazenelson behind bars, but justice won''t be fully served as long as only supervisors go to jail," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "The OFL won''t stop campaigning until the employers who put workers'' lives at risk to earn another buck find themselves doing hard time in jail."

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow (at)OFLabour on and .

Ontario Federation of Labour
Joel Duff
Communications Director
416-707-0349 (cell)


More information: http:// http:// http://www

Keywords (optional):

metron-constuction, health-and-safety, workplace-fatality, ofl, labour-union, social-justice,

Company information / Profile:

PressRelease by


PressContact / Agency:

published by: Marketwired
print pressrelease  send to a friend  

Date: 01/11/2016 - 11:00
Language: English
News-ID 1408118
Character count: 3482
Firma: Ontario Federation of Labour
Ansprechpartner: Feedback to about Pressrelease-id:


Number of hits: 101


Direct Link to this PressRelease:

We would appreciate a link in your News-, Press- or Partner-Site.

Comments on this PressRelease

All members: 9 438
Register today: 0
Register yesterday: 0
Members online: 0
Guests online: 134

Don't have an account yet? You can create one. As registered user you have some advantages like theme manager, comments configuration and post comments with your name.