APM Construction Service and Ground Zero Grading Inc. are facing multiple charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as well as the OHS code. Two individuals, Jerry Arbeau and Andrew Pacaud, also face charges under the act as a result of the investigation. They are both charged with failing to protect the health and safety of other workers present while they themselves were working that day. The gas explosion that led to the investigation and the charges occurred on June 26, at just before 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. That day, crews led by general contractor APM were working on the expansion of the Bow River Seniors Lodge, a provincial government project to replace an aged seniors housing facility and create additional new units in the community. Ground Zero Grading was the contractor hired to do excavation work and were digging into the ground when an ATCO gas line was struck. As construction crews went door-to-door along 13th Avenue notifying residents that a gas line was hit, the gas from the ruptured line flowed through the ground and into the basement of a nearby single-family home, unoccupied by its owners at the time.
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