Driver Charged Criminally in Death of Highway Flag Person

The CBC is reporting that criminal negligence charges have been laid in the highway death in August of a flag person working on a road crew in Saskatchewan.¬† The flag person was struck by a passing vehicle in an “orange zone”.

The CBC reports that the driver was arrested at the scene and later released.

The case, said the CBC, “sparked a public outcry and led to police stepping up patrols and ticketing in orange zones.”

This case is another example of how high-profile worksite fatalities pose a hightened risk of criminal charges against workers – and against members of the public who case serious injuries or death to workers.

The CBC article may be accessed here.

 

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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