Irving Oil Commercial has been ordered to pay $15,500 for its involvement in the highway death of a public employee almost three years ago.
The decision was handed down today in provincial court in St. John’s after the company pleaded guilty to violating three charges under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Judge Colin Flynn fined the company $13,500 for the violations and also ordered it to pay $2,000 to the minister of Service NL for public education regarding occupational safety on provincial highways.
The sentence was an agreed recommendation from defence lawyer David Eaton and Crown prosecutor Mike King.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper information, training, instruction and supervision to employees; failing to ensure necessary protective clothing and devices were used by employees; and failing to ensure safe work procedures were followed.
Charges were withdrawn against the company’s two other entities — Irving Oil Refining and Irving Oil Terminals.
The company was charged after a senior engineer with the Department of Transportation and Works died in an accident that happened 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 when he was hit by an SUV. Two other employees — an Irving employee and a City of St. John’s employee, were struck and seriously injured.
The widow of the man killed was in court today, but opted not to speak to reporters.
The Department of Transportation and the City of St. John’s also face charges under the OSH Act. Both have pleaded not guilty and will go to trial Aug. 20.
(This is a corrected version with respect to the trial date)