Spa­niard’s Bay roof­ing com­pany pleads not guilty in fa­tal work­site ac­ci­dent

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A Con­cep­tion Bay North roof­ing com­pany fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges in re­la­tion to a work­site ac­ci­dent that claimed two lives is plead­ing not guilty.

Lawyer Dou­glas Moores en­tered those pleas on Dun­rite Roof­ing’s be­half last Wed­nes­day at Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court.

In Oc­to­ber of 2014, two men work­ing out­side the for­mer ca­ble build­ing in Bay Roberts were killed when an alu­minum lad­der came in con­tact with elec­tri­cal cur­rents.

Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors im­me­di­ately ar­rived on the scene, and charges were laid al­most two years later un­der the OHS Act.

Dun­rite Roof­ing is ac­cused of fail­ing to pro­vide a safe work­place, fail­ing to main­tain a safe dis­tance from con­duc­tors, and fail­ing to ob­tain as­sur­ance from the owner of the power sys­tem when a safe dis­tance from con­duc­tors could not be main­tained.

A five-day trial is sched­uled to get un­der­way in Har­bour Grace Oct. 31 and con­clude Nov. 7. Lawyers han­dling the case will re­turn to court May 17 for a sta­tus up­date.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety work­ers re­move an alu­minum lad­der from the site of an in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber of 2014 out­side the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing in Bay Roberts.

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