First ‘corporate killing’ conviction nets $110,000 fine

Judge cites Quebec company’s extensive upgrades to equipment and safety programs after death of worker
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

In a historic sentencing, a Quebec company convicted of criminal negligence in the death of a worker has been ordered to pay $110,000.

Last December Transpavé, a paving-stone manufacturer in Saint-Eustache, Que., pled guilty to criminal negligence in the 2005 death of 23-year-old Steve L’Écuyer. Quebec court Judge Paul Chevalier handed down the $110,000 fine on March 17. Andrée Beaulieu, L’Écuyer’s mother, told reporters she was disappointed with the fine and she had expected a penalty in the millions of dollars.

First Bill C-45 conviction