Sunrise Propane Directors To Be Sentenced For Deadly Explosion

Sunrise Propane and directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty last month of nine provincial-offences charges in relation to the blast. The explosion killed 25-year-old employee Parminder Saini and was blamed for the death of 55-year-old firefighter Bob Leek, who died of a heart attack.

TORONTO -- An Ontario company and its directors will be sentenced today after being convicted in a 2008 Toronto propane plant explosion that killed one man and forced thousands of people from their homes.

Sunrise Propane and directors Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov were found guilty last month of nine provincial-offences charges in relation to the blast.

The explosion killed 25-year-old employee Parminder Saini and was blamed for the death of 55-year-old firefighter Bob Leek, who 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.

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