Bill C-45 Is Now Law
It is now a crime to neglect and ignore safety issues in the workplace.
“Employers must fully recognize their responsibility in providing a safe work environment. Failure to do so in a manner that endangers employee and public safety must be appropriately dealt with through our criminal laws.” Hon. Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
1. Everyone is criminally negligent who:
- In doing anything, or
- In omitting to do anything that is his duty to do, shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons.
1. Everyone who undertakes to do an act is under a legal duty to do it if an omission to do the act is or may be dangerous to life.
Section 217.1 (introduced by Bill C-45)
Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person or any other person, arising from that work or task. If safety hazards in the workplace are not addressed, every person directing work in the workplace can be held legally liable for accidents resulting from unsafe working conditions.
In the event of an accident:
- Company decision-makers can go to jail.
- Organizations can be more heavily fined
To protect yourself from legal liability:
- Be aware of any safety hazards in your workplace.
- Immediately take steps to solve the problem.
To learn more about Bill-C45, click here.