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In a Flash | Jail Time for Breaking Health and Safety Laws– Contractor Sentenced to 18 Months

Jail Time for Breaking Health and Safety Laws

September 20, 2018

On September 18, 2018, excavation contractor, Sylvain Fournier, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. This sentence was handed down after Fournier was found guilty of manslaughter under the Criminal Code for having caused a death by means of an “unlawful act”. His “unlawful act” was not complying with provincial health and safety legislation. In this article we discuss the potential implications of this sentence and the new ways that health and safety laws can result in a criminal conviction.

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