Court Says Worker’s Death Warrants Criminal Charges


In 2004, a sawmill worker was killed while working on a jammed machine. The police recommended criminal charges against the company. WorkSafeBC fined the company $297,000 for the incident. And a WorkSafeBC report concluded even though the machine was known to be dangerous, senior management did nothing about it over concerns about cost. But the Crown never pursued criminal charges. So the United Steelworkers Union launched a private prosecution against Weyerhaeuser. A BC court just ruled that the union had presented enough evidence for the process to move forward. Weyerhaeuser will be issued a summons to appear in court and the Crown will have to make a decision to proceed with a charge or have the case dropped .