On Friday, April 21, the company was sentenced. The mother and father of Christopher, as well as his stepfather, personally read into the record their victim impact statements, and his grandmother’s statement was read into the record by Adele Tait, lead investigation specialist with Alberta Labour. Prosecutor K. Hewitt and defense for Argon Construction agreed to recommend a joint sentence that could save lives in the future. The company was fined $50,000. It was also ordered to give $200,000 to create best practices and a youth campaign and courses for the sand and gravel industry. Wayne Woodhouse of the Alberta Sand and Gravel Association explains that in sentencing, Alberta Labour helped to pull together the partnership with his organization as well as Safety in Schools, the Alberta Construction and Safety Association and the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association to create this new program. The intent of the program is to establish best practices, deliver training resources targeted at young workers and prevent an incident like this from ever recurring. The scope of the project is to create best practices and create a campaign designed to educate youth about workplace incidents. It also aims to create an online module focused on guards for the Construction Safety Training System. It will also upgrade the crushing module to include silica exposure and guard requirements for the Roadbuilders Safety Training System.
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