Court de­lay in Har­bour In­ter­na­tional case

De­fence says Crown has not pro­duced dis­clo­sure doc­u­ment

The Compass - - COMPASS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A lo­cal cold stor­age and ma­rine ves­sel han­dling com­pany has had its court case de­layed for a sec­ond time.

Har­bour In­ter­na­tional Ltd. in Bay Roberts— the home of Moor Frost cold stor­age on Wa­ter Street — is fac­ing charges stemming from an in­ci­dent that took place at the Bay Roberts wharf in July 2011 while of­fload­ing was tak­ing place from the MV Aqviq.

The in­ci­dent in­volved a frozen fish weigh­ing around 18 kilo­grams. It fell al­most eight me­tres and led to se­ri­ous in­juries of a worker who was in the ves­sel’s hold.

Har­bour In­ter­na­tional was rep­re­sented in Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court Oct. 7 by lawyer Doug Moores of Moores and Collins law firm.

Moores de­clared he has yet to re­ceive the dis­clo­sure — a doc­u­ment out­lin­ing the de­tails and ev­i­dence of the case — from the Crown. The same cir­cum­stance caused the Sept. 20 court date to be set over.

Crown prose­cu­tor Danny White said he was “con­fi­dent” the dis­clo­sure was com­pleted.

The com­pany is fac­ing six charges — fail­ure to pro­vide and main­tain a safe work­place and nec­es­sary equip­ment, sys­tems or tools, fail­ure to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, in­struc­tion or su­per­vi­sion to en­sure health, safety and wel­fare and four counts of breach of act and/or reg­u­la­tion.

The court date for Har­bour In­ter­na­tional has been set for Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Har­bour Grace.

Mean­while, Gat­lyn Eng­land from Marys­vale, who was 18 when the in­ci­dent took place, re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant in­juries in­clud­ing hear­ing loss, a blood clot in his brain and a bro­ken skull, among oth­ers.

Eng­land has also launched a civil suit against the com­pany.

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