Charges “without merit” says counsel for Rainbow Concrete

SUDBURY, Ont. – Lawyers for Rainbow Concrete are saying the charges against their clients are completely without merit.

The company, including its owners and two supervisors, were in an Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury today to answer to charges relating to the 2017 death of a driver who worked for the company.

Owner Boris Naneff was charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death under the criminal code. Naneff, another owner, the company, and two supervisors are also facing a total of 12 charges laid by the Ontario Ministry of Labour under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. None of the charges have been proven in court.

Following a pre-trial appearance counsel for the defendants, P. Berk Keaney of the firm Weaver Simmons issued a statement saying “Rainbow Conrete looks forward to defending the charges and obtaining vindication.”

Dump truck driver Rheal Dionne, 39, was working for Rainbow Concrete when a concrete slab fell on his truck he was working in on Feb. 15, 2017, trapping him inside.

Dionne left behind a wife and children.

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