Released on November 16, 2020
Two employers pleaded guilty to charges in separate violations under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.
On November 3, 2020, 101063698 Saskatchewan Ltd., pleaded guilty in St. Walburg Provincial Court of two counts under the regulations.
The company was charged with the following:
For contravening subsection 465(2) of the regulations (being an employer or contractor, fail to ensure that no worker works, no material is piled, stored or handled, no scaffold is erected or dismantled and no equipment or powered mobile equipment is used or operated within the minimum distance from any exposed energized conductor as set out in column 1 of Table 22 of the Appendix of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, resulting in the serious injury of a worker).
For contravening subsection 17(1) of the regulations (being an employer or contractor, fail to ensure that all work at a place of employment is sufficiently and competently supervised, resulting in the serious injury of a worker).
The company was subsequently fined $8,571.43 with a $3,428.57 surcharge for each count, for a total of $24,000.
The charges stemmed from a worksite incident that occurred on August 13, 2018, in Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. A worker was injured while working on a platform attached to a forklift.
In an unrelated matter, on October 26, 2020, Rosengren Farms pleaded guilty in Estevan Provincial Court to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.
The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 12(c) of the regulations (being an employer, fail to provide any information, instruction, training and supervision that is necessary to protect the health and safety of workers at work, resulting in the serious injury of a worker).
The company was fined $8,500 with a $3,400 surcharge, totaling $11,900.
Charges resulted from a worksite incident that occurred on October 31, 2018, at Midale, Saskatchewan. A worker was seriously injured while a pallet was being lifted.
To report an incident to the Occupational Health and Safety Division at the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, please call 1-800-567-SAFE (7233).
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