Viterra in court this week over elevator death

Viterra representatives were in a Saskatoon court Dec. 5 to face charges stemming from a fatality at its terminal near Rosetown, Sask.

The company faces six charges under the Canada Labour Code in connection to death of Paul Cruse Sep. 8, 2011.

The charges allege Viterra failed to properly train Cruse how to unplug the elevator’s receiving pit or inform him of workplace hazards such as the dangers posed by flowing grain.

A federal prosecutor is overseeing the charges, which were laid last August, because grain elevators are administered by federal legislation.

The crown is proceeding by indictment, which is more serious than a summary conviction offence.

The maximum fine for each charge is $1 million.

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