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Sudbury Rainbow Concrete owner arrested

Police, MOL investigation into 2017 fatality leads to charges
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Boris Naneff, the 56-year-old owner of Rainbow Concrete in Sudbury, was arrested and charged by Greater Sudbury Police Services in connection with the 2017 death of a worker on July 30.

The Ministry of Labour has also stepped in with 12 charges against the company, its owners, and two supervisors in relation to a Feb. 15, 2017 incident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old Sudbury man.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on that date, Greater Sudbury Police Service Criminal Investigations Division Detectives were dispatched to 2477 Maley Drive in relation to an industrial incident at Rainbow Concrete.

A worker was operating a construction vehicle when a concrete slab fell on the cab of the vehicle trapping the man inside. Emergency responders were able to get the man out of the vehicle and he was rushed to hospital by Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services. The man later succumbed to his injuries at hospital.

A joint investigation was initiated in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, the Coroner’s Office and the police. During the preliminary investigation, Greater Sudbury Police said there was no suspicion of a criminal offence. The Ministry of Labour took the lead in the investigation as required under the Ontario Health and Safety Act.

Evidence obtained led police to obtain a search warrant which was executed at Rainbow Concrete on June 20.

On July 30, police detectives arrested and charged Naneff with criminal negligence causing death. He was released will appear in court on September 26.

The detective also served Rainbow Concrete with a summons for the same Criminal Code of Canada offence.

Police said the matter remains open until all agencies have completed their investigations.