Judge sets over case involving senior engineer’s death

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Charges stem from 2011 Outer Ring Road fatal accident

Lawyers defending two levels of government and a private company in a case involving a public employee killed in a highway accident will be back in court for election and plea next month.

A senior engineer with the Department of Transportation and Works died following an accident July 5, 2011 on the Outer Ring Road in St. John’s. He was on the road that day with others to discuss highway ruts and the potential use of alternate asphalt mixes to minimize wear and tear.

Transportation and Works, the City of

St. John’s and Irving Oil face multiple charges for alleged violations of occupational health and safety regulations.

At St. John’s provincial court Wednesday afternoon, Judge David Orr agreed to set over the case until the morning of Nov. 27.

According to details reported by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary shortly after the accident occurred, an SUV was travelling east on the wet highway in the curb lane behind several other vehicles. When traffic suddenly slowed down, the driver reportedly swerved into the median lane to avoid a rear-end collision.

The vehicle hit three men after its driver reportedly lost control of the SUV. One of the injured men was an engineer for the City of

St. John’s.

The three employers each face six counts — failure to provide a safe workplace, failure to provide instruction and supervision, failure to provide necessary protective clothing and devices, failure to ensure safe procedures were followed, failure to ensure effective traffic control and failure to ensure there were work procedures to promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment.

The city and the province each face an additional charge for failing to conduct their undertaking in a manner that protects other employers’ workers.

Charges against the three parties were announced in July, almost two years from the date of the fatal accident. Wednesday’s court date was the second since charges were first laid.

 

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Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works, Irving Oil

Geographic location: 2011 Outer Ring Road

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