Court dismisses charges in wake of worker’s death

Death from rebounding pipe was beyond reasonable safety precautions: Court
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/23/2011

A Saskatchewan company has been acquitted of all charges following the death of an employee who was hit by a pipe at a mine construction site after the Saskatchewan Provincial Court found the company had taken all reasonable safety precautions.

On Oct. 23, 2006, Ron Deglau, an employee of Robwell Constructors, was working at a mine site in northern Saskatchewan. Robwell had a contract with the site owner to perform various work orders at the mine. Deglau, a general labourer, and two other workers were clearing and de-icing water lines. They used pressurized air from an air compressor to determine if pipes were blocked.