J.D. Irving fined in 2016 death at Valley sawmill

J.D. Irving Ltd. has pleaded guilty to one count under the Occupational Health & Safety act in relation to a workplace death at its sawmill in Valley.

The company has been fined $34,500 and ordered to pay $55,000 to set up a bursary in Chad Smith's name for students in the NSCC's occupational health and safety program.

Smith was killed on June 27, 2016 when he was struck by a front-end loader while crossing a bridge for vehicles and pedestrians at Sproule Lumber.

The 28-year-old died at the scene.

The case was supposed to go to trial in May, but J.D. Irving's lawyer informed the court the company would be pleading guilty to one count of ensuring a lift truck was operated in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association's rules.

Irving has made a number of improvements at its Valley sawmill since Smith's death, including additional safety training, a new pedestrians-only bridge, stop signs on the vehicle bridge and new barriers to separate vehicle traffic and pedestrians.