Removal of evidence is a criminal offence

|Canadian Employment Law Today

On Aug. 8, 2000, a fatal accident occurred at an Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick. As a result of that accident the Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC) commenced an investigation.

The officer assigned to investigate the accident suspected that a leveling cylinder from a man lift was the cause of the accident. He removed the cylinder and had it taken for testing to CFM Custom Fabricators and Machinists in Saint John, N.B.

At CFM a number of tests were performed on the cylinder under the direction of the investigator and the shop’s hydraulic manager. Further testing was required but a part needed to be ordered from the manufacturer to complete the testing.