Tour bus operators face health and safety charges in deadly icefield clashes

Tour bus operators were charged with a fatal rollover on the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park almost two years ago, and more could be charged.

Alberta’s government faced eight accusations under the State Industrial Safety and Health Act on Friday regarding the use and maintenance of seat belts by Brewster, unable to manage danger and putting equipment in safe operation. He said he could not confirm that it was.

Three people died and 14 life-threatening after a large red and white Ice Explorer lost control on the road to the Asabaska Glacier, about 100 km southeast of Jasper, Arta, on July 18, 2020. I was injured.

The 27-person bus rolled down about 50 meters down the moraine embankment and rested on the roof.

The icefield tour resumed last year. Tour bus operators said seat belts were added to the bus and changes were made to driver training and road maintenance.

Pursuit, the company that runs the Icefield Bus Tour, said in an email statement that due to proceedings, it is not possible to comment on the details of the case.

“We will continue to support transparent and multi-agency investigations into this tragic accident,” it said.

The case is to take place in the Jasper District Court on June 23.

The final RCMP report on the rollover has not been published, but was submitted to the Alberta Prosecutor in April.

The crown determines whether the evidence justifies the criminal accusation.

“RCMP is aware of accusations arising from individual investigations into Alberta’s occupational health and safety. RCMP is all required during a criminal investigation, as required by Alberta’s OHS Act. We shared the research material with the Ministry of Labor and Immigration, “RCMP said in a release.

“RCMP’s criminal investigation is independent, independent, and parallel to the OHS investigation.”

The RCMP said it would provide more up-to-date information to victims and their families when it became possible to share the results of criminal investigations.

Two civil proceedings were filed on behalf of the people on the bus that day. Some plaintiffs have expressed concern that they are late in knowing what happened.

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