I'm a friend of Brian and Arlen Fitzpatrick. I was friends with and worked with Sam Fitzpatrick, but he's dead now.
Sam was killed at Kiewit's Toba/Montrose project in 2009....less than 24 hours after an amazingly similar incident shut the entire project down ( but no injuries...just 65,000 bucks damage to a machine. )
Sam and his crew were put in a deadly work situation despite a site wide ban on the type of work they were sent into to perform on Feb 22 2009. ( look it up, I'm not doing the work for you....Sam Fitzpatrick/Kiewit )
Kiewit's Toba project...plane crash killed 7. Sam was killed a few months later. Helicopter crash into the side of a mountain,
( epic ) 40.... forty....four zero.... vehicle crashes.... SAR helicopter rescue of injured worker...scores of other accidents/incidents
In 2012, Peter Kiewit Sons ( American construction behemoth/12 billion U.S. per year ) was fined 250,000 dollars by WorkSafeBC for the careless disregard for human life/mismanagement/ disregard for standard workplace safety etc....as a result of Sam's 2009 death at Toba Inlet. ( crushed by a falling boulder/machines working above him )
Kiewit appealed the fine.
That pissed off me and Brian Fitzpatrick...and everyone that worked with Sam and loved him for the great young man that he was.
The war was on.
All the P.R. hell that has occurred is me and Brian working for justice regarding Sam's unnecessary death at the deadly and dangerous Toba project.
( Plutonic then....Alterra Power now )
Front page of the Province newspaper and 4 pages of story.
( Dear Kiewit....Brian and I crafted this story and gave it to Sam Cooper and his editorial crew. )
( Google , Sam Cooper/ Sam Fitzpatrick/Kiewit )
Stories in the Tyee by Tom Sandborn ( That's me and Brian...again )
Stories by Laila Yuile ( guess who )
Brian Fitzpatrick and his legal team won the fight against the first appeal.
Oh, But wait....
Kiewit gets appeal number two!!!
The WorksafeBC tribunal ignores all the evidence, disregards expert testimony ....and...and reduces the fine down to 75,000 thousand bucks...plus a fee.
The tribunal says to Kiewit....hope this doesn't burden you too much ( paraphrase )
( Google it...do the work...press a key or two )
75 grand for the life of a brilliant young Canadian boy. A bright spot in life. The price of a fancy pick-up truck...for the life of a worker.
Sam's dad, my friend has to go to Supreme Court to fight the tribunal decision.
In the mean time...we open up another battle front.
If we can't get em on Sam's death at Toba...we'll get them somewhere else.
The Sea to Sky MSE retaining walls fiasco.
That was me and Brian. We went to the walls....saw the defects and went public. it wasn't easy, at first no one listened. Then they did.
Global TV, CBC Radio, The Sun newspaper, North Shore News, 1130 News....they all picked it up.
Blogger, Laila Yuile went to town with expert and very tight technical writing about the Sea to Sky retaining wall defect and expensive repairs.
( Google it )
NDP transportation critic, Claire Trevena carried the torch to the legislature and grilled Minister Todd Stone...as he stumbled for answers regarding faulty workmanship.
( YouTube...Claire Trevena )
That was all me and Brian in retaliation for appealing a fine that was already too low....even before the appeal process.
Fall 2015....Kiewit won't commit to a BC Supreme court date to square off with Sam's father.
Ryan Tones and CEO Bruce Grewcock....do the right thing. Pay the full fine. 3 minutes of your annual income.
P.S. I forgot to mention. Brian Fitzpatrick is so pissed off with you that he got the RCMP to open a criminal investigation into Sam's death. They are looking at "culpable homicide"
We can't help you with that one.
It's about Sam.
Kiewit management....pay the fine.
2012 front cover and 4 page story about Sam by Sam Cooper
Sam is gone, Dad – Article from The Province - IUOE Local ..
Tom Sandborn article in The Tyee
Big Liberal Donor's Rocky Safety Record | The Tyee
Global News story with Brian Fitzpatrick
Deep Cove father takes on Kiewit after son's death - Global ...
Laila Yuile story about Kiewit Sea to Sky construction defects