Charge laid against landscaping manager in 2023 electrocution of employee

OTTAWA — Police say a manager at an Ottawa landscaping company has been charged with criminal negligence.

The charge is related to the workplace death of a 20-year-old employee in the city's south end last spring.

Nicholas Chenier died on May 5, 2023, trimming hedges outside a home while working for Best Green Hedges.

A GoFundMe campaign started for his family said he was electrocuted when he hit a hydro wire that had grown around the hedge he was working on.

Police and Ontario's labour ministry both launched investigations.

Steven Deans, 38, was charged Wednesday with one count of criminal negligence causing death.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2024.

The Canadian Press