5823 NWT fined for role in boy’s death at construction site

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5823 NWT Ltd. pleaded guilty previously to failing to ensure pedestrian safety near a construction site. The fine totaled $28,750, reports Cape Breton Post.

The company was responsible for the renovation project at Maison Fiset House, an eight-bedroom inn located in Cheticamp, on Aug. 13, 2010, when Dylan Noah LeBlanc was struck by a boom truck as he rode his bicycle on the site.

In addition to the fine, the company is to spend $25,000 training employees in relation to occupational health and safety duties, and donate $21,250 to various organizations.

A truck driver, Andre Joseph Aucoin, was found guilty of violating the act and fined $5,700. He was also ordered to make a $1,000 donation to the Dylan LeBlanc Trust Fund and perform 100 hours of community service.

Aucoin is also to complete eight presentations on safety to appropriate classes at the Nova Scotia Community College Strait area campus. Contractor Darren Joseph McPhee was also found guilty of violating the act and will be sentenced June 13.

The charges were filed after an 18-month investigation by Nova Scotia Department of Labour officials.

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