If you’re in construction, most likely you are aware of how Bill C-45, also known as the Westray Bill, impacts the construction industry. Conceptually, this bill requires organizations to provide a safe working environment for all employees.
Bill C-45 comes with ways of enforcing company owners to provide a safe working environment for employees. Essentially, this bill equipped the Crown with the ability to hold any person directing work of others criminally responsible for a safety incident resulting in extreme injury or death on site should the incident meet the criteria of criminal negligence.
“217.1 Every one who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.”
Bill C-45 Impacts Construction Industry owners including directors, site supervisors, project managers and any other person falling within this definition. Aside from internal policies and practices that can help bolster a safe workplace, having contingency plans in place is an essential way to avoid hefty criminal defence costs. Costs which could potentially affect your company and your employees.
This begs the question, are you able to protect your company and your people or are you simply subject to potential criminal prosecution if the worst happens? The answer is yes you can! WMB Insurance has developed a product to assist with unforeseen Bill C-45 issues.
For a brief overview of Bill C-45, click here.