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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2006

Corporate killing law used against firm


— Police in Saint-¬Eustache, Que., have charged paving stone company Transpavé with criminal negligence causing the death of an employee under Bill C-45, the untested corporate killing law that came into force in 2004. Steve L’Ecuyer, 23, was killed last October after being crushed by a concrete press. An investigation by Quebec’s workplace health and safety commission found the optic security system had been “neutralized” and L’Ecuyer lacked the training to realize the danger. Transpavé said in a statement it will plead not guilty to the charge. No company directors or supervisors were charged, so jail time isn’t on the table, but Transpavé could be fined if found guilty. Under the Criminal Code, there is no limit on the fine that can be imposed.

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