Landscaper Found Guilty of Criminal Negligence in Worker’s Death


In a decision from the Court of Québec, a landscape contractor was found guilty of criminal negligence. He was operating a backhoe, when its brakes failed and he collided with a worker, who died. Experts confirmed that the vehicle was 30 years old, very poorly maintained and that the brakes were completely non-functional. The Court concluded that, in neglecting to perform maintenance on the backhoe, the contractor markedly departed from the standard of care expected of a prudent and diligent person [R. v. Scrocca, 2010 QCCQ 8218 (CanLII), Sept. 27, 2010]. Click here for more information.