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Alberta Court Convicts Drilling Contractor For Workplace Fatality

In 2010 an employee, aged 32, of Precision Drilling Canada Limited was tragically killed when he was struck by drilling rig equipment while working as a floor hand on the…
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Lawyers’ Weekly Article: Quebec railway tragedy will test the law

The flexibility of the criminal law as a sanction for catastrophic environmental damage is soon to be tested.  On Jan. 15, it is expected that the preliminary inquiry will be…
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Workplace Fatalities Lead to Large Fines and Jail Time for Directors

In the first two weeks of 2015 the Ontario courts have levied a total $985,000 in fines and ordered 50 days of jail time in relation to four separate prosecutions…
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The Limits of the Criminal Law: The Superior Court Declines to Quash Bar Owners’ Discharges on Wrongful Act Manslaughter Charges

In February 2012, a patron and sometimes employee of the Angry Beaver bar in Belleville was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Highway 401.  She had entered…
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Lac-Mégantic TSB Report Released

The TSB report (released August 19) on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment really held no surprises when it came to the failures of the MM&A. The company was found to have…
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Protecting the Results of Your Internal Investigation

You have done the right thing by going to the time and expense of finding out what caused a major spill of chlorine from your facility. Workers have been interviewed…
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Recent OHSA Convictions Lead to Big Fines

We are  just within the first week of July and already the Ministry of Labour has obtained fines this month totaling $325,000 on four separate convictions: Parker Hannafin Canada pleaded…
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Is it an Accident? Or a Crime?

The June 20th conviction of a Montreal driver for two counts each of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death, highlights once again the difficulty in distinguishing crimes…
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