A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court demonstrates the overlap between civil and criminal findings, and how an employer can use a criminal verdict to recover additional damages in a civil claim. In Atlas Copco Canada Inc. v. David Hillier 2018 ONSC 1558, rendered March 7, 2018, an employer “piggybacked” off of a
Court of Appeal Imposes Criminal Liability and Significant Fine for Workplace Accident
By William Watson & Cherrine Chow on
Posted in Occupational Health & Safety
In R. v Metron, 2013 ONCA 541, Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) was found to have committed criminal negligence in failing to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to its workers. Metron is the first case decided under the criminal negligence provisions of the Criminal Code where the parties did not agree on the sentence. At the trial level, Metron pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a fine of $200,000.
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