Steelworkers test workplace safety law

However private prosecution faces major hurdles
By Danielle Harder
||Last Updated: 05/07/2010

The United Steelworkers has launched a rare private prosecution against Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. in what the union hopes will be a test case for workplace safety in Canada’s forest industry.

A 2004 amendment to the Criminal Code –– known as the Westray amendment –– changes the liability of organizations, making executives and corporate directors responsible for the deaths of workers, and it makes senior officers responsible for health and safety in their organizations.