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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 135: A look at the Kiewit and Sam Fitzpatrick case with Vince Versace and Russell Hixson

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This week on the Construction Record digital media editor Warren Frey is joined by Journal of Commerce staff writer and Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace to talk about the recent developments in the Crown’s case against Peter Kiewit and Sons ULC, Timothy Rule and Gerald Karjala.

The parties were charged with criminal negligence causing death after Samuel Fitzpatrick was struck and killed by a boulder in 2009. According to the BC Prosecution Service, the loss of a critical witness and changes in testimony caused the Crown’s case against Kiewit for the death to collapse.

Russell goes in-depth on his reporting over the years as the case developed to its recent conclusion, and Vince gives perspective on the Westray disaster and subsequent legislation, as well as the tragic Toronto swing stage accident in 2009 and how that case concluded. Vince also cites articles  from Daily Commercial News columnist and labour and employment lawyer Norm Keith, who has written extensively on occupational health and safety law. We’ve included a link to the cited article below.

Industry reaction in British Columbia has been swift and passionate, and the Journal of Commerce and Daily Commercial News will continue to cover the long-term consequences of the Kiewit case and occupational health and safety issues throughout the construction industry.

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