I was totally angered to see the final results of the tragic death of a 15 year boy on a paving site in Manitoba. Again, the governments of some of our sister provinces do not fully comprehend their responsibilities to protect their workers from future accidents such as this one.

The owner of a Manitoba paving company has been fined thousands of dollars for a workplace accident in which a 15-year-old boy was buried under hot asphalt. A judge has sentenced Gerald Shepell of Interlake Paving to pay $33,500 in the death of Andrew James in July 2008. Shepell pleaded guilty to numerous non-criminal charges under workplace and safety regulations, including employing under-age workers. He faced a maximum fine of $180,000, but Shepell’s lawyer had asked that the penalty not exceed $30,000. Shepell will pay $500 a month until the fine is paid off. It all amounts to a slap on the wrist as far as I am concerned.