Criminal conviction in death of workerCase a reminder Bill C-45 carries real risk of accountabilityBy Norm Keith and Anna Abbott10/10/2011|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2011 A second employer has been convicted of a Bill C-45 charge in Quebec. Pasquale Scrocca, a landscape contractor, was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death with respect to a workplace incident resulting in the death of employee AnielloBoccanfuso. (The first C-45 conviction came in 2007 when Transpavé pled guilty to criminal negligence in the death of a worker.)The judgment, R. c. Scrocca, marks the first trial decision examining the occupational health and safety (OHS) criminal negligence provisions under the Criminal Code. In 2004, Bill C-45 established OHS negligence as a criminal offence. After a dormant period, several instances of OHS criminal negligence charges have been laid against individuals and corporations — the most publicized being those laid in connection with the deaths of four workers in Toronto who fell from a faulty swing stage in 2009. Prior to Scrocca, no other OHS criminal negligence case had proceeded to trial. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.