Quebec Becomes First to Charge Company under C-45

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The dormant volcano has finally erupted. For the first time since the Bill became law on March 31, 2004, a company has been charged with criminal negligence under C-45. As  we go to press, here’s what we know about the case:
The incident that prompted the charge occurred in Quebec last October when a 23-year-old worker was crushed to death while trying to fix a jammed machine that stacks paving stones. According to the Quebec Commission de la Sante et de la Securite du Travail (CSST) investigation, the machine’s optic security system was disabled. Had the safety mechanism been on, the machine would have automatically turned off when the worker approached it and the accident wouldn’t have happened.
The CSST found that the paving stone company hadn’t trained the worker to recognize the danger of working with machinery whose safety system had been disabled. The report also criticized the factory’s health and safety program for having “deficient” safety inspections and procedures. Factory management has refused to comment, other than to indicate that it plans to plead not guilty. The Insider will, of course, keep a close eye on the case and fill you in on the details in the weeks to come.