Police have laid criminal negligence charges against a
professional engineer in relation to the Elliot Lake mall
collapse in June 2012.
The charges against professional engineer Robert Wood are two
counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of
criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Police say that Mr. Wood was an engineer who was involved in the
inspections of the building.
A well-publicized judicial inquiry into the collapse of the mall
heard that the roof had leaked for many years and the steel support
structure was severely rusted.
In April 2013, media reported that Mr. Wood was also charged, as
a professional engineer, with offences under Ontario's
Occupational Health and Safety Act relating to negligent
The Occupational Health and Safety Act permits the Ontario
Ministry of Labour to lay charges against a professional engineer
or architect where, "as a result of his or her advice that is
given or his or her certification required under this Act that is
made negligently or incompetently, a worker is endangered.
Criminal negligence charges against professional engineers are
rare, as are charges against engineers under the Occupational
Health and Safety Act. This will be an important case
for engineers and safety professionals to watch.
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