$100,000 fine for Mission company after employee killed on job site

Stave Lake Quarries pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing death, and was sentenced Oct. 27 in Surrey provincial court.

  • Sun Nov 6th, 2016 5:00am
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Vikki Hopes

Abbotsford News

A Mission company has been fined $100,000 for a workplace incident that resulted in the death of 22-year-old Kelsey Ann Kristian in 2007.

Stave Lake Quarries pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing death, and was sentenced Oct. 27 in Surrey provincial court to pay the fine, as well as a $15,000 victim surcharge, by April 2018.

Charges against two individuals were stayed.

Kristian was killed at the Stave Lake Quarries on May 17, 2007, when she was pinned by a runaway truck as it rolled onto its side. It was her second day on the job.

She had been cleaning the window of a heavy-duty truck at the time, but the transmission was in neutral, the parking brake wasn’t set and there was no wedge beneath the wheel.

A review of the incident concluded that Kristian had not received adequate training or supervision.

BC Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger said the fine is a “slap on the wrist.”

“There was no justice for Ms. Kristian or her family, friends and loved ones. Clearly, given the circumstances, a tougher punishment was warranted,” she said.

Lanzinger said almost 200 workers a year die on the job and countless thousands are injured.

“When an employer’s actions result in a workplace death or injury, the boss needs to face real consequences, including jail time.”