C-45 conviction nets $110K fine

Company made $500,000 in safety upgrades after worker’s death
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2008

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., pled 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 she had expected a penalty in the millions of dollars.

In October 2005, L’Écuyer was crushed by a machine that stacks concrete blocks after pallets with concrete had backed up on the conveyer belt. Inspectors found the machine’s safety guard had been disabled for nearly two years.