Released on December 14, 2016
Two companies have been fined for violations of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation.
Apex Distribution Inc. pleaded guilty on December 12, 2016, to contravening subsection 154(2) (failure to ensure that only trained operators are required or permitted to operate powered mobile equipment, resulting in a serious injury to a worker) in Melville Provincial Court.
The company was fined $78,575 plus a $31,430 surcharge, a total fine of $110,005. Charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on February 12, 2015, near Moosomin. A worker was seriously injured when steel rods being transferred from one trailer to another slid from the equipment and fell on top of the worker.
In an unrelated matter, SJLL Construction Ltd. also appeared in Melville Provincial Court on December 12. The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 8(1)(b) (failure to give notice to the division as soon as is reasonably possible of every accident at a place of employment that will require a worker to be admitted to a hospital as an in-patient for a period of 72 hours or more).
The company was fined $1,200 plus a $480 surcharge for a total fine of $1,680. Charges stemmed from an incident that took place on July 20, 2015, near Fishing Lake. A worker was injured in a nail gun incident and taken to hospital.
For more information about health and safety in the workplace, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/business/safety-in-the-workplace.
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Labour Relations and Workplace Safety