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Swing N Scaff fined in relation to deadly swing-stage collapse

12/04/2014 03:24 EST | Updated 02/03/2015 05:59 EST
An Ontario judge has fined a company that built the swing-stage platform that collapsed at a Toronto highrise nearly five years ago, an incident that left four men dead and another seriously injured.

On Thursday, the Ottawa-based Swing N Scaff Inc. was fined $350,000 by Judge Mara B. Greene, after the company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the equipment supplied to Metron Construction Corp. was in good condition.

Patrick Deschamps, a company director, was fined $50,000.

According to a Ministry of Labour news release, Deschamps had pleaded guilty to "failing to take all reasonable care to ensure a suspended platform was in good condition" and that the equipment "was designed by a professional engineer in accordance with good engineering practice."

On Dec. 24, 2009, a group of workers were doing balcony work on the building at 2757 Kipling Ave., when the swing stage they were standing on collapsed, 13 floors above the ground. Four men died as a result. One other was seriously injured.

A subsequent investigation by the Ministry of Labour found the platform "was not fit for its intended use as fabricated."

Metron was previously fined in relation to the deadly incident.

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