On November 3, 2014 Provincial Court Judge Heather Lamoureux ruled that William Engineering Canada Inc. is accountable for its involvement in repairs undertaken at the Rocky Mountain Court building parkade, 221 6 Ave SE, in the summer of 2011.
Civitarese, Chief Building Official for The City of Calgary, and Ola Malik, |
Municipal Prosecutor, stand outside the Provincial Court House,
following a historic ruling for public safety
The City created the Safety Reponses Unit (SRU) in 2009 to address unsafe construction sites in Calgary. The SRU leads a Coordinated Safety Response Team with the objective of protecting public safety by identifying issues, investigating incidents and correcting unsafe issues. The SRU has implemented a number of construction safety measures in Calgary that promote site safety, public awareness and have made Calgary a national leader.
“We’re pleased with Judge Heather Lamoureux’s ruling today,” says Ola Malik, The City’s municipal prosecutor who conducted the 3-week trial. “Engineering firms, like other parties who are involved at the various stages of a construction project, have independent obligations to satisfy in the design and execution of a construction project,” adds Malik.
The City appears to be the only jurisdiction in Canada that is actively prosecuting breaches of the Building Code and obtaining significant fines.
A sentencing hearing is being scheduled for a later date.