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Sentencing delayed in Sunrise Propane explosion case

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By: HazMat Staff
2013-12-12

The sentencing hearing for Sunrise Propane, the company convicted in a deadly Toronto explosion in 2008, has been postponed until March 12, 2014.

Sunrise Propane and its directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty in June 203 of nine provincial offences related to the propane tank blast that forced thousands of people from area homes and caused $25-million in damages.

Sunrise employee Parminder Saini, 25, died in the blast, and Bob Leek, a 55-year-old district chief with Toronto Fire Services who responded to the emergency on his day off died of a heart attack the following day.

Among the regulatory violations Sunrise Propane was found guilty of contravening were: releasing a contaminant; failing to clean up after an explosion; failing to protect and properly train a worker; and contravening a number of Provincial Orders.

The court ruled that Sunrise failed to provide safety training and a safe working environment, discharged a contaminant and contravened a number of provincial orders related to the cleanup after the blast.

The court also found that Ben-Moshe and Belahov failed to take all reasonable care to prevent the company from flouting those orders.

Following the blast, the government shut down all three of Sunrise Propane’s facilities. 


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