Calgary Herald

Rental company’s trial in rodeo ride death delayed

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The rental company that supplied a mechanical rodeo ride for a corporate Stampede party 3 ½ years ago, during which a staff member died, will not go to trial as scheduled on Monday.

Provincial court Judge Sharon Van de Veen on Thursday severed the Occupation­al Health and Safety Act charge against Radar’s Rentals from two charges against XI Technologi­es, a small tech firm that hosted the event on July 12, 2007.

Van de Veen made the ruling after hearing arguments by lawyers Jennifer Miller, for Radar’s Rentals, and Alison McGill, for the province.

The judge, however, adjourned her ruling on an argument by Radar’s to quash the charge altogether.

Nathan Shair, 22, a University of Calgary student working for the summer at XI Technologi­es, a software and data company, died from head injuries a day after he was struck by a mechanical horse that was part of an interactiv­e calf-roping machine rented for the party.

XI is accused of being an employer that failed to reasonably ensure the safety of a worker and failed to ensure that all equipment used on the work site could operate as it was intended.

Radar’s is charged with failing to ensure that the equipment it supplied was working properly as regulated under the safety code.

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