Charges Dropped Against Railroad for Lac Mégantic Catastrophe

Criminal charges have been dropped against Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA), according to Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), for causing the deaths of 47 people when 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic in 2013 turning the downtown into a raging inferno. For those of you who…

LATE BREAKING: Lac Mégantic Rail Workers Acquitted

A jury has acquitted all three rail workers charged with criminal negligence causing death of 47 persons in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. For those of you who may not have been following this story, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaître,…

“Perfect Storm” of Sub-Standard Company Practices Led to Disaster: Lac Mégantic Trial Goes To Jury

After a 3 month-long trial, jurors are finally deliberating on the fate of three rail workers accused of criminal neglegence when a “bomb train” carrying 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic in 2013, killing 47 people. Three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), Thomas Harding,…

Today in History: Lac-Mégantic and Piper Alpha Disasters

July 6 has a rather dubious place in the history of workplace and community safety, corporate responsibility and government oversight. Lac Mégantic, July 6, 2013 Five years ago today, an unmanned train carrying 72 tank-cars of highly combustible crude oil barreled down a hill at 65 mph, three times the normal speed, and careened off the…

Lac-Mégantic Trial Moves Forward

The trial of three rail employees blamed for the deaths of 47 people when a train carrying 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic is in its second week. Three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), Thomas Harding, 56, Richard Labrie, 59, and Jean Demaitre, 53, are being tried on 47…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Workers Can Participate in CSB Investigations: A major goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act is to encourage workers to participate in the process, including allowing workers to walk around with OSHA inspectors. When the Chemical Safety Board was authorized, the law required that workers be given the same opportunity to participate in facility…