Court case begins against city and province over death on Outer Ring Road

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The court case involving the death of a senior engineer with the Department of Transportation and Works began in provincial court today.

The RNC blocks a section of the Outer Ring Road in St. John’s following a fatal accident in July 2011.

The engineer died in an accident on July 5, 2011 on the Outer Ring Road while he was there with others to discuss highway ruts and the potential use of alternate asphalt mixes to minimize wear and tear. Two other employees — an Irving employee and a City of St. John’s employee — were hit and seriously injured.

The driver of the SUV was forced to brake after vehicles in front of him suddenly slowed down. The driver lost control, crossed the left eastbound lane and struck three of the four men at the median.

Earlier this year, Irving Oil Commercial GP pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper information, training, instruction and supervision to employees; failing to ensure necessary protective clothing and devices were used by employees; and failing to ensure safe work procedures were followed. Judge Colin Flynn fined the company $13,500 for the violations and ordered it to pay $2,000 to the minister of Service NL for public education regarding occupational safety on provincial highways.

The court case that began Wednesday involves the Crown against the City of St. John’s and the Dept. Of Transportation and Works.

Crown prosecutors Mike King and Erin Breen called their first witness, RNC Const. Steven Picco, to the stand Wednesday morning. He was the first officer on the scene of the accident.

Randy Piercy is representing the Dept. of Transportation and Works. Nick Avis is the lawyer for the City of St. John’s. Both the City and the province are facing charges of breach of act and/or regulations.

 

Organizations: Service NL, RNC Const.

Geographic location: Outer Ring Road

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