BELLEVILLE Ontario – A construction supervisor will be headed back to court in October on charges relating to last year’s gas explosion and fire.
A Ministry of Labour spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that Eric Terpstra is scheduled to appear in court in October for a judicial pre-trial in relation to two charges laid on March 29, 2016.
Terpstra was charged with two Ministry of Labour charges following the October 2015, explosion in the city’s west end.
He was charged with failing, as a supervisor, to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker at a workplace located at 198 Moira St., Belleville.
The first charge is for failing to “take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that the bucket of an excavator did not make contact with an underground gas line.”
The second charge is for failing to “take reasonable precaution of ensuring that the operator of an excavator left a ruptured gas line exposed or made no attempt to control the gas escaping from the gas line.”
The matter is scheduled for an October 6 judicial pre-trial with a return date of October 11 in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Construction crews from Cobourg Development Services Ltd. were working on Moira Street on October 2, 2015, when an excavator hit a natural gas line, just after 11:30 a.m., resulting in a “huge fireball” that damaged one home.
The explosion resulted in the evacuation of 632 homes from a 300-metre radius around the fire. No one was injured.