Crane Accidents

Work Site Fatality Near Fort McMurray Results in Charges

01/15/98

Alberta, Canada

Work Site Fatality near Fort McMurray Results in Charges

Charges, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, have been laid against L. Robert Enterprises Ltd. of Fort McMurray and Sydney Matthew McKay.

The prosecution results from an Alberta Labour investigation into a workplace fatality that occurred on January 15, 1998. L. Robert Enterprises Ltd. was dismantling an oil sands pilot plant located north of Fort McMurray. During the dismantling, the boom on a crane collapsed, resulting in fatal injuries to a 32 year old employee of L. Robert Enterprises Ltd.

L. Robert Enterprises Ltd. is charged with five counts of violating the Act and regulations. Sydney McKay, an employee of L. Robert Enterprises Ltd. at the time of the incident, has been charged with one count of violating the Act.

Both parties are scheduled to appear in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on December 2, 1998. The maximum penalty for a first offence under the Act is a fine of $150,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

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