convictions in 2013, Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., 1367220
Ontario Inc., c.o.b. as Sunrise Propane, and two corporate
directors, Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov, have been
fined a total of $5.3 million, exclusive of the 25% victim
fine surcharges (VFS).
Sunrise Propane owned a propane filling plant in the city of
Toronto and 1367220 Ontario Inc. held the Technical
Standards and Safety Authority licence to operate that
plant. A large explosion occurred at the plant on
August 10, 2008.
The explosion resulted in the death of one worker, a student,
from the inhalation of flames. Residents and businesses had to be
evacuated. Residents suffered injuries, including cuts, bruises and
burns; residences were damaged, including shattered windows,
blown-in garage doors, and structural damage to walls, ceilings and
roofs. One local business was completely destroyed. Asbestos and
large metal fragments from the exploded tanks were dispersed into
the neighborhood, as far as 1 km away from the plant.
Sunrise Propane was fined $2,820,000 plus VFS, for four counts
of failing to comply with a ministry order to clean-up the impacted
area, and for discharging a contaminant that caused adverse
effects, under the Environmental Protection Act.
Directors Moshe and Belahov were each fined $100,000 plus the
VFS, for failing to comply with a ministry order.
1367229 Ontario Inc. was fined $2,000,000 plus VFS for
discharging a contaminant that caused adverse effects.
Lastly, Sunrise Propane was fined $280,000 plus VFS for two
violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, legislation
enacted to ensure the provision of a minimum level of health and
safety in the province. The charges related to a failure to
province information, instruction, and supervision to the deceased
worker on safe work practices and recognition of hazards associated
with propane storage, dispensing and handling, and appropriate
emergency response to propane leaks.
This same case resulted in a class action, which
settled in August, 2014.
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