Backhoe Operator and Company Charged in Fatal Gas Explosion

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Saskatchewan charged a backhoe operator and an energy company with safety violations based on a gas explosion that killed two workers, a father and son. In addition, several nearby businesses were destroyed. The company faces five charges, while the backhoe operator faces two. The RCMP investigated the incident and concluded that there was no basis for criminal charges [SaskEnergy and Lorry Reimer, Govt. News Release, April 14, 2010].