Fines levied in death of Whitehorse tire shop worker

The judge says the fines are meant to help prevent similar incidents and are not in any way intended to put a price on the life of Denis Chabot.

Judge says Denis Chabot would still be alive if proper safety policies had been enforced

A Yukon judge has imposed $94,750 in fines on the companies and individuals involved in a death at a Whitehorse tire shop.

Denis Chabot was crushed under the tires he'd just installed on a highway transport truck in November, 2011.

Yukon Tire, North of 60 Petroleum and North of 60 supervisor Frank Taylor have all been convicted of negligence in Chabot's death.  

Territorial Court Judge John Faulkner says all three claim to be remorseful but he says all three pleaded not guilty and fiercely fought the charges against them. Faulkner says he's setting the fines high enough so they can't be seen as simply being the cost of doing business. 

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Faulkner is also directing nearly half of the money to be used to set up a safety training program for other tire shop and trucking company employees.

Another $3,000 will go to a charity to be chosen by members of Chabot's family. Faulkner says if the companies had had proper safety policies, properly enforced, Chabot would still be alive. 

The judge says the fines are intended to help prevent similar incidents and are not intended in any way to put a price on the life that was lost.