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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Canadian Company Convicted of Criminal Negligence for Workplace Accident
The National Post in Canada reported today that "A Quebec paving-stone manufacturer is set to appear for a sentencing hearing today after becoming the first company in Canada to be convicted of criminal negligence causing death as the result of a workplace accident."
This case results from the death of laborer Steve L'Ecuyer who was crushed in 2005 as he tried to clear a backlog of stones on a production line. This is the first conviction under the Canadian Federal Criminal Code that was amended in 2004 to make it easier to prosecute employers for health and safety code violations.
You can read the entire article at: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=334374
In other news from Canada, The Lawyers Weekly reports today on a story they've titled "Creative Sentencing Gains Ground For Occupational Safety Violations". It describes a different approach to penalties for workplace safety code violations. The article states:
Creative sentencing involves replacing the traditional justice system process with an agreement by all parties as to how violators will be dealt with — and how communities will benefit. 'It's an efficient way to do things. Issues get settled quickly,' Dianne Whalen, minister of transportation and works in Newfoundland and Labrador, said in an interview."
Creative sentencing is seen as a way to give back to the community. The article describes the creative sentence given to Crosbie Industrial as the result of an explosion that injured two workers.
"In this case, that agreement called for Crosbie Industrial to pay $10,000, which was divided among the three closest high schools to where the incident occurred and which offer what is called the Workplace Safety course. The amount of funding each school received is proportional to the number of students attending the course."
You can read this article at: http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=628
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