OHS Charges Laid in Death of Fish and Wildlife Officer on Snowmobile

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A fish and wildlife enforcement officer was patrolling an area on a snowmobile when he fell through the ice and drowned. As a result, the Justice and Public Safety Department was charged under the OHS Act with failing to:

  • Provide necessary information, instruction, training and supervision;
  • Ensure necessary protective clothing and devices were used; and
  • Ensure written safe work procedures appropriate to the hazards and work activity were included in its safety program [Justice and Public Safety Department, Govt. News Release, Dec. 19, 2014].