Lawyer Mick Ryan waived reading of the charges and told Judge Alan Tufts that a trial would take about 15 days because of the large volume of technical evidence that will be presented.
A trial date was set for May 2 in the death of 46-year-old Roland Daigle. Daigle, a quality control technician, died 18 hours after the alleged exposure (WCxKit)
He died in hospital on October 7, 2008, after allegedly being exposed to vapors from trimethylsilyl diazomethane at his workstation at the plant in Windsor.
The pharmaceutical company is charged with failing to ensure adequate personal protection equipment was available in the work area, failing to ensure an adequate venting system was in place and failing to ensure the employee was instructed in the safe use of the chemical.
Sepracor is also charged with failing to instruct an employee in safe use of a substance in the company’s Windsor lab and failing to ensure no person would disturb the scene of an accident after it occurred.
Sepracor said in a written statement after the death that Daigle was in good condition when he left the lab and that it is unaware of any link between his death and work conditions at the plant. (WCxKit)
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