J.D. Irving to plead guilty to one charge following 2016 workplace fatality in Valley

J.D. Irving is expected to plead guilty to one of three charges from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education in connection with the death of a worker at its sawmill in Valley nearly two years ago.

Lawyer William Ryan appeared via phone in Truro Provincial Court on Thursday and stated the company's intentions.

RCMP said in June 2016 that a 28-year-old man was hit by a front end loader and died at the scene.

Ryan indicated that the plea would be entered at the time of sentencing, scheduled for August 7th, and that the Crown would not be proceeding with the other two charges.

The charges allege the company failed to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of its employees, that it failed to ensure to ensure a site walk zone policy was adequate or implemented, and failed to ensure a lift truck was operated in accordance with the CSA.