Occupational safety case involving worker death back in court

Irving, province, city all facing charges after 2011 incident on Outer Ring Road

Published on January 28, 2014
A police cruiser blocks a lane of the Outer Ring Road in July 2011, following a fatal accident. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

A legal case involving allegations against the province, city and a trio of divisions of Irving Oil, claiming violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday morning.

The provincial Department of Transportation, the City of St. John’s, Irving Oil Commercial, Irving Oil Refining and Irving Oil Terminals are all facing eight charges of breaching the Act.

The charges followed the death of one man and serious injury of two others on July 5, 2011 on the Outer Ring Road in St. John’s. The people injured and killed had been working at the time.

The three employers — the city, province and Irving —have been charged with occupational health and safety violations including: 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.

The case was first in court July 30, 2013. It is scheduled to be called in provincial court in St. John’s for an update.