Accident leads to manslaughter convictionBurden of proof less than that for criminal negligence: ExpertBy Sarah Dobson05/01/2018|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/23/2018A worker’s 2012 death at a construction site in Montreal has led to a manslaughter conviction for the company’s owner. Credit: Aisyaqilumaranas (Shutterstock) In a first for Canada, an employer has been convicted of manslaughter in relation to an occupational health and safety incident. And the conviction could mean other cases already before the courts face the same fate, according to one expert.The case involved Sylvain Fournier, owner of an excavation company who was on-site in Montreal with several employees in 2012 replacing a sewer line. This involved excavating a trench, but when the trench’s walls suddenly collapsed, one of the workers, Gilles Lévesque, was buried beneath the earth and died.Fournier was charged with criminal negligence causing death for not taking the required measures to prevent bodily harm in directing the work done by his employee. He was also charged with causing the death of Lévesque. 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.