AB Company Pleads Guilty to Failing to Protect Guard from Rape

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A female security guard who’d only been doing security work for two weeks was raped while working alone. The security company pleaded guilty to violating the province’s OHS Act. The Crown prosecutor said this case was the first prosecution in Alberta—and possibly all of Canada—where a company was charged under the OHS laws after a worker working alone was the victim of a crime. It’s expected that the court will fine the company $5,000 and order it to pay $85,000 to the Alberta Construction Safety Association for the development of programs to assess worksite safety and train security guards [Garda Canada Security Corp., Calgary Herald, Feb. 23, 2011].