SUDBURY, Ont. – Police in the northern Ontario community of Sudbury say the owner of a local concrete company has been charged criminally in connection to a workplace fatality earlier in this year.
Boris Naneff, the owner of Rainbow Concrete in Sudbury, Ont., was charged with criminal negligence causing death Monday, police say, adding he the 56-year-old was released on a promise to appear in court.
The charge comes more than five months after 38-year-old Rheal Dionne, an employee of Rainbow Concrete, was killed when a concrete slab fell on the dump truck he was operating, trapping him inside.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has laid 12 charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Rainbow Concrete, its owner and two supervisors in relation to the fatality.
Police say they also charged the company with criminal negligence causing death on Monday.
Police say that during the preliminary investigation with the ministry, there was no suspicion of a criminal offence, but they add that the charge comes after investigators received a warrant in June to search the company’s offices.
Rainbow Concrete officials were not immediately available for comment.
Naneff’s first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 26.