Alberta Mirror

Monday, October 3, 2022

Tour bus firm charged with health and safety breaches in deadly rollover

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • Brewster Inc. meets eight charges under Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • A rolled-over tour bus rests where it slipped on the Columbia Icefield close to Jasper, Alta., in July 2020. 
  • Against Brewster Inc. under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, charges were set Friday. 

The firm running a tour bus that collided in the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park in 2020 has been arrested under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

Brewster Inc. is accused of eight counts under the act, including falling to prevent risks and failing to provide equipment in safe operating conditions.

The charges, declared Friday afternoon by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), including failing to assure workers and passengers were secure on the bus and in the worksite area.

Two of the accusations allege Brewster did not support seat belts on the vehicle for its onboard employee, nor did it need their use.

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The firm running a tour bus that collided in the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park in 2020 has been arrested under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

Four of the charges — one each for the worker and three passengers — allege the firm did not handle the “danger of the grade of the incline of the lateral moraine.”

The last two charges against the firm cite loss to assure equipment would safely perform its planned function and failure to ensure equipment was free from apparent faults.

Three individuals were killed, and 14 others had life-threatening wounds on July 18, 2020, when one of Brewster’s all-terrain Ice Explorers — a glacier sightseeing bus— rolled off a highway on the Columbia Icefield, approximately 100 kilometers southeast of Jasper, Alta.

The bus, carrying 27 individuals, rolled back 50 meters down a moraine embankment before resting on its roof. A sum of 24 people was wounded. The bus driver sustained severe wounds. Tanya Otis, director of media and communications with Brewster, gave a report Friday. 

Source – cbc.ca

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