B.C. construction boss jailed and company fined $25K over repeated workplace safety issues

Dalwinder Singh Kandola and G & D Construction Ltd. sentenced for violations of 2017 court order

Bethany Lindsay · CBC News · Posted: Jun 10, 2022 4:00 AM PT

The director of a Metro Vancouver construction company is headed to jail after repeated workplace safety violations in defiance of a court injunction.

Dalwinder Singh Kandola and G & D Construction Ltd. (GDCL) were found in contempt of court last month. The company was fined $25,000 and Kandola was sentenced to 14 days behind bars.

Kandola and his business have previously been ordered to pay more than $43,000 for violations of the Workers Compensation Act and civil contempt, according to a May 18 judgment from B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheila Tucker.

But so far, she said, those penalties have had “little to no effect.”

“In my view, a penalty that goes beyond monetary is required,” Tucker wrote.

“In treating the fines imposed to date as a cost of doing business, Mr. Kandola has put GDCL’s workers at risk of harm, shown disrespect for the court and created the appearance of operating with impunity.”

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