Trial date set for N.S. car dealership facing safety charges after explosion

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HALIFAX - A car dealership will go on trial in September on five safety charges stemming from an explosion and fire at a Halifax-area body shop that killed a worker almost two years ago.
The trial in Dartmouth provincial court has been scheduled for 10 days beginning Sept. 13.
O'Regan Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. pleaded not guilty in December to five offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Kyle Hickey, 22, died in hospital the day after the March 13, 2008, explosion at O'Regan's Kia on Wyse Road in Dartmouth.
The Labour Department investigated the explosion for 15 months before filing charges.
Investigators allege a 170-litre metal barrel holding a chemical used to wash spray paint guns wasn't properly grounded. A static charge is believed to have ignited flammable vapours in the barrel and caused the explosion.
Richard Allan Dey, director of operations for the company's collision centres, is charged with failing to take precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and other people at or near the workplace.
The judge also booked 10 days for his trial, starting Nov. 15.


Organizations: O'Regan Chevrolet Cadillac, Labour Department

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Dartmouth, Wyse Road

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