06/17/2014 02:37 EDT | Updated 08/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia hires special prosecutor for workplace safety investigations

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has hired a special prosecutor to work on workplace safety investigations.

The province announced Tuesday that Alex Keaveny, a Halifax Crown attorney, will join the special prosecutions section of the Public Prosecution Service.

Keaveny will provide advice to investigators in occupational health and safety cases.

Labour Minister Kelly Regan says she expects Keaveny's appointment will help ensure justice is done when a workplace death occurs.

A news release says Keaveny will also be involved in education and training for safety officers and managers at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

The province announced in February it will hire 17 additional staff for its safety division, including inspectors, engineers and a division focused on education and compliance.