Pepsi fatal accident court case adjourned in Moncton
Company discussing 2012 bottling plant death of Thomas Snitch with Crown, trying to resolve matter
The court case against the Pepsi Bottling Group in connection with a fatal workplace accident at the Moncton bottling plant in 2012 has been postponed until next month.
The company was scheduled to enter pleas Monday on two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act — failing to ensure an employee under its direction used an industrial lift truck only for the purposes for which is was designed, and failing to ensure an industrial lift truck was inspected daily and maintained in good operating condition.
But a lawyer representing the company requested an adjournment, saying there are ongoing discussions with the Crown in hopes of resolving the matter.
Thomas Snitch, 39, of Moncton, was killed on Dec. 17, 2012, when a co-worker tried to use a forklift to pry a piece of metal bolted to the floor at the bottling plant, located in the Moncton Industrial Park.
The metal detached and hit Snitch in the head, killing him.
The contractor Snitch was working for, Leon Marcel LeBlanc, 65, was fined $3,000 on March 20 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure an industrial lift truck was used for the purpose for which it was designed.
The Pepsi Group is scheduled to return to Moncton provincial court on May 5.