Ontario company to be sentenced in December for deadly Toronto propane explosion

TORONTO – An Ontario company convicted in a deadly explosion of a propane plant in Toronto will be back in court Dec. 9 for sentencing.

Sunrise Propane and directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty last month of nine provincial-offences charges in relation to the 2008 blast that killed one man and forced thousands of people from their homes.

Twenty-five-year-old employee Parminder Saini died in the blast and a 55-year-old firefighter, who responded to the emergency call on his day off, also died of a heart attack.

The court ruled 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 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 Sunrise Propane’s facilities.

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.