City of Edmonton pleads guilty to 2015 workplace death

Penny, a 35-year-old truck driver, was behind his truck when street sweepings unloaded from it.

Stephen Penny, 35, was behind his truck when he was buried under a load of street sweepings

The City of Edmonton has pleaded guilty in the 2015 workplace death of Stephen Penny.

Penny, a 35-year-old truck driver, was behind his truck when a load of street sweepings unloaded from it at a City of Edmonton facility on April 22, 2015.

He died at the University of Alberta hospital six days later.

The city pleaded guilty to failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that, if a worker may be injured if material is dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged, the material is contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate the potential danger, contrary to Section 189 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code. 

On Feb. 16, 2017, the city was also charged with:

  • failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker
  • failure to ensure the worker was trained to safely operate equipment
  • failure to establish an emergency response plan
  • failure to ensure sufficient lighting at the work site

Penny started working full-time with the city's transportation department in 2010, according to his obituary. He was an avid drummer and Edmonton Oilers fan.

"The City has acknowledged its responsibility in this tragic incident and recognizes the loss felt by his family, friends and colleagues," the City of Edmonton said in a news release Monday.

The city said it will not comment further.