Workplace Health and Safety

Death and Injury at Work, Prosecutions

February 21, 2013

Police are often not enforcing the corporate criminal negligence laws introduced into the Criminal Code in 2004 through Bill C-45. These criminal code amendments introduced a legal duty for all persons “directing the work of others” to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of workers and the public – in effect, it made certain safety breaches criminal issues. Unfortunately, since 2004, Bill C-45 charges have been laid in only six cases – we need to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure they are aware of the law so that employers can be criminally charged after serious workplace accidents.

There is a guide for health and safety reps for when there is an injury or fatality at work.

We even have a guide for the police to use when investigating corporate criminal negligence in cases of serious workplace injuries and fatalities. The Guide is entitled, Death & Injury at Work: A Criminal Code Offence.

Has your labour council, union or have you contacted your local law enforcement about death and injury at work? You should.

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