Still Dying for a Living: Corporate Criminal Liability After the Westray Mine Disaster Steven Bittle

ISBN: 9780774823609

Published: July 22nd 2013

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268 pages


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Still Dying for a Living: Corporate Criminal Liability After the Westray Mine Disaster  by  Steven Bittle

Still Dying for a Living: Corporate Criminal Liability After the Westray Mine Disaster by Steven Bittle
July 22nd 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 268 pages | ISBN: 9780774823609 | 10.54 Mb

In 1992, an underground explosion at the Westray Mine in Plymouth,Nova Scotia, killed twenty-six miners. Although the owners of the minewere charged criminally, no one was convicted, largely because it wasdeemed too difficult to determine legalMoreIn 1992, an underground explosion at the Westray Mine in Plymouth,Nova Scotia, killed twenty-six miners.

Although the owners of the minewere charged criminally, no one was convicted, largely because it wasdeemed too difficult to determine legal responsibility.More than a decade after the Westray disaster, the federalgovernment introduced revisions to the Criminal Code aimed atstrengthening corporate criminal liability. Bill C-45, dubbed theWestray bill, requires employers to ensure a safe workplace andattributes criminal liability to organizations for seriously injuringor killing workers and/or the public.

Yet, while the federal governmentdeclared the Westray bill an important step, the law has thus farfailed to produce a crackdown on corporate crime.In Still Dying for a Living, Steven Bittle turns a criticaleye on Canadas corporate criminal liability law. Drawingtheoretical inspiration from Foucauldian and neo-Marxist literaturesand interweaving in-depth interviews and parliamentary transcripts,Bittle reveals how legal, economic, and cultural discourses surroundingthe Westray bill downplayed the seriousness of workplace injury anddeath, effectively characterizing these crimes as regrettable butlargely unavoidable accidents.

As long as the primary causes ofworkplace injury and death are not properly scrutinized, Bittle argues,workers will continue to die in the pursuit of earning a living.Steven Bittle is an assistant professor in theDepartment of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.



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