Friday, July 31, 2015

Engineer charged

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont.—A discredited engineer who declared a Northern Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its roof caved in, killing two women, was charged today in what police described as a “challenging investigation.”
The OPP said 64-year-old Robert Wood faces two counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in connection with the June, 2012 collapse in Elliot Lake.

“This was a unique, complex, and challenging investigation which took considerable time to process evidence and being precise in the application of criminal law,” said Det.-Supt. Dave Truax.
Truax wouldn’t say if charges against others were pending but emphasized the criminal investigation was ongoing.
A judicial inquiry into the collapse at the Algo Centre Mall has heard the roof of the poorly-designed structure leaked from the beginning, and decades of water and salt penetration caused severe rusting of its steel support structure.

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