In 2011, the number of Alberta occupational health and safety
prosecutions with penalties imposed nearly doubled from the
previous year to 20 from 11. The total penalties of more than $3.4
million included fines, alternative penalties and victim
The penalties for cases involving fatalities ranged between
$30,000 and $431,250, with a median penalty of nearly $310,000. All
sentences were the result of guilty pleas.
Most of the 20 cases involved creative sentences with
alternative penalties. In 2002, Alberta's Occupational Health
and Safety legislation was amended to allow for creative sentences
allowing for funds to be directed to training or education programs
that promote workplace health and safety.
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