Quebec company fined $110,000 in worker's death

Judge cites lack of intent and $500,000 in upgrades as mitigating factors in ruling
||Last Updated: 03/28/2008

In a historic sentencing, a Quebec court has ordered a company convicted of criminal negligence in the death of a worker to pay $110,000.

Last December Transpavé, a paving-stone manufacturer in Saint-Eustache, Que., pleaded guilty to criminal negligence in the 2005 death of 23-year-old Steve L'Écuyer.

Quebec court Judge Paul Chevalier handed down the $110,000 fine on March 17. Andrée Beaulieu, L'Écuyer's mother, told reporters she was disappointed with the fine and that she had expected a penalty in the millions.