Criminal charges dropped in first ‘corporate killing’ case

Construction supervisor fined $50,000

In the Sept. 15, 2004, issue Canadian Employment Law Today reported on the first criminal charges filed under Bill C-45, the legislation that exposes employers to criminal liability for health and safety crimes. (To read the case, click on the related articles link at the bottom of this page.)

Police laid charges against Domenico Fantini, a 68-year-old construction supervisor from Newmarket, Ont., after a trench he was supervising collapsed, killing a 38-year-old Toronto man.

In March this year the criminal charges against him were withdrawn after he pled guilty to health and safety charges and received a $50,000 fine.

Bill C-45, also known as the “corporate killing” law, came into force on March 31, 2004. The bill amended the Criminal Code to allow criminal charges to be brought against co-workers, supervisors, executives and employers when a worker is killed or injured on the job.

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