Irving Oil pleads guilty to violations in Outer Ring Road death
Irving Oil pleaded guilty on Thursday to violating safety regulations in connection with a fatal accident on the Outer Ring Road in St. John's in July 2011.
Workers from the Department of Transportation, the City of St. John's, Irving, and a consultant were on the Outer Ring Road trying to figure out why asphalt was deteriorating faster than expected.
An SUV lost control and struck three of the men, killing one — Joe English, 51, who worked for the provincial government.
An agreed statement of facts entered in court Thursday said the Irving salesperson suffered a concussion, torn muscles and more.
Irving pleaded guilty for failing to provide proper safety instruction, proper procedures, and safety clothing and devices.
An accident report from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said safety clothing wouldn't have made any difference, given the inexperienced driver of the SUV had lost control.
Irving was fined $13,500 and has to give the province $2,000 to help provide safety education for roadway workers.
The city and the Department of Transportation have already pleaded not guilty to safety violations in connection with the accident.
A three-week trial has been slated to start in August.