12/07/2015 01:56 EST | Updated 12/07/2015 01:59 EST

Vital Contracting Is A No Show At Trial For Child Labour Charges

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RED DEER, Alta. — A trial has not gone ahead as expected for an Alberta company facing child labour and safety charges in a 14-year-old boy's fall at a work site.

The teen was working on the roof of a home in Lacombe in July 2014 when he fell nearly four meters and had to be briefly hospitalized.

Vital Contracting of Airdrie is charged under occupational health and safety standards of unlawfully employing someone under the age of 15.

The company's lawyer was unable to proceed in court because company operators Kalika Northrup and Lee Oliver Northrup didn't show up.

The Crown said the Northrups either have no interest in the proceedings or are wilfully avoiding the matter.

Warrants have been issued for the Northrups and the case is to be back in court on March 4.

If found guilty, the company could be fined up to $100,000 and each individual could face a $50,000 fine.

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