Saturday, July 19, 2008

Crane operator's death warrants criminal charges, union group says

read full article: Vancouver Sun
InTransitBC, the company created to design, build and operate the rapid transit line between Vancouver and Richmond, is not currently facing penalties, she added. Freeman said that to her knowledge, no criminal charges are currently being considered.

Section 217.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada reads: "Every one who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task."

InTransitBC vice-president Steve Crombie said the Building Trades Council "are not involved in this project at all and were not involved in the investigation at all. ... I don't believe they'd be up on all the issues."

WorkSafeBC found Slobodian had received between 20 and 90 minutes of training on the crane he was operating.

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