City, province, Irving all charged in health and safety fatality

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Traffic is directed away from the scene of a work accident on the Outer Ring Road on July 5, 2011. Occupational Health and Safety Act charges relating to the accident have now been laid against the city, provincial government and Irving.

The provincial government has laid occupational health and safety charges against Irving Oil, the City of St. John’s and the provincial government itself for a fatal accident that happened two years ago on the Outer Ring Road.

On July 5, 2011, two workers were seriously injured and a Department of Transportation and Works employee was killed during an inspection of the road.

All three employers have been charged with six counts: failure to provide a safe workplace; failure to provide instruction and supervision; failure to provide necessary protective clothing and devices; failure to ensure safe procedures were followed; failure to ensure effective traffic control and failure to ensure that there were work procedures to promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment.

On top of that, both the City of St. John’s and the provincial government have been charged with failing to conduct their undertaking in a manner that protects other employers’ workers.

The case will be heard in Provincial Court on July 30 in St. John’s.

Organizations: Irving Oil, Department of Transportation and Works

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  • Keanman
    July 04, 2013 - 13:17

    What good does it do to "charge" the government, city and Irving? I ask somebody who honestly doesn't know. Clearly nobody is going to jail over this. Does it simply open the doors for a civil suit?