Criminal Negligence Trial Against Ship’s Navigation Officer Begins

The CBC is reporting that the criminal negligence trial of Karl Lilgert, Navigation Officer of the ferry, Queen of the North, has commenced in Vancouver.

On March 22, 2006, the ferry crashed into an island and sank off the B.C. coast.  Two passengers went missing and are presumed to have died.  A Transportation Safety Board investigation found that Mr. Lilgert was the navigation officer and on the bridge.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

This is another case of criminal charges arising out of an alleged failure to perform workplace duties safely.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Adrian Miedema

About Adrian Miedema

Adrian is a partner in the Toronto Employment group of Dentons Canada LLP. He advises and represents public- and private-sector employers in employment, health and safety and human rights matters. He appears before employment tribunals and all levels of the Ontario courts on behalf of employers. He also advises employers on strategic and risk management considerations in employment policy and contracts.

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