Pepsi Bottling Group pleads guilty to charge in fatal accident
Thomas Snitch, 39, was killed in a forklift incident in December 2012
The Pepsi Bottling Group in Moncton has pleaded guilty to one charge stemming from a fatal workplace accident in 2012.
The group was facing two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, but one was dropped in court on Thursday.
On Dec. 17, 2012, Thomas Snitch, 39, was killed when a co-worker tried to use a forklift to pry a piece of metal bolted to the floor at the bottling plants.
The metal detached and hit Snitch in the head, killing him.
The Pepsi Bottling Group pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of failing to ensure an industrial lift truck was inspected daily and maintained in good operating condition.
Annie St. Jacques, a Crown prosecutor, withdrew a charge of failing to ensure an employee under its direction used an industrial lift truck only for the purposes for which is was designed.
Mark Tector, the defence lawyer, told the court there is a joint recommendation for sentencing.
A victim impact statement has been requested.
The company will be sentenced July 3.
The contractor Snitch was working for, Leon Marcel LeBlanc, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure an industrial lift truck was used for the purpose for which it was designed.
He was fined $3,000 on March 20 of this year.