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Ontario 2005 – R. v. Fantini Copy

First decision rendered after Section 217.1 of the Criminal Code came into effect.
April 2004
Fatal accident

  • Worker digging a trench is trapped after it collapses.
  • Worker dies of his injuries.


  • Domenico Fantini, the onsite supervisor, is found guilty under Section 217.1 of the Criminal Code.
  • He is charged with criminal negligence causing death.
  • He receives 8 other charges under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
  • Fantini pleads guilty to 3 provincial charges.

March 2005

In exchange for a guilty plea to the provincial charges, the Criminal Code charge is withdrawn by the Crown.

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