The Ontario Ministry of Labour has laid 22 charges against Jay Patry Enterprises Inc., in relation to an incident in Kingston that led to a fire that left a construction worker in hospital with burns, and required a dramatic rescue by the military.
The incident occurred on Dec. 17, 2013, when crane operator Adam Jastrzebski became stranded on top of a crane at the centre of a fire that had engulfed and destroyed a five-storey apartment building that was under construction.
The 68-year-old crane operator suffered burns to most of his body, including his back, hands and legs. The intensity of the fire was enormous, and it forced him to crawl along the boom of the crane, before a military helicopter picked him up and was able to airlift him to safety.
The heat of the fire caused windows in nearby buildings to blow out and several buildings, including a hotel and apartment building, were destroyed. Several nearby vehicles caught fire and more than 150 people were forced from nearby homes.
Among the charges lain by the Ministry of Labour include 11 charges related to fire safety precautions, and 11 others resulting from the company’s failure to cooperate with the ministry investigation.
In addition to those charges, Stelmach Property Management Inc. was also charged with two counts of failing to comply with requirements issued by a Ministry of Labour inspector. Ten other charges were laid against three individuals for providing a Ministry of Labour inspector with false information.
The first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 30.