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Saskatoon Company Fined for 2015 Workplace Fatality

Released on January 11, 2018


Shercom Industries Inc. pleaded guilty to an occupational health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker in 2015.

On October 16, 2017, the company pleaded guilty to contravening section 12 of the regulations in that being an employer at a place of employment, failed in the provision and maintenance of a plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare of the employer’s workers, resulting in the death of a worker.

On January 11, 2018, they were fined $420,000 in Saskatoon Provincial Court.

Three additional charges were stayed in court.

Charges stemmed from an incident that took place on January 27, 2015, in Saskatoon.  A worker died after his hand and arm were caught in the pulley of a tire shredder conveyor belt.

Workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities are preventable.  Everyone has a responsibility to keep Saskatchewan workplaces safe and healthy.

Employers need to provide training, equipment and supervision to maintain health and safety standards.  Employees should know their basic rights – the right to know the hazards and how to prevent injuries, the right to participate in health and safety activities, and right to refuse work that you believe is unusually dangerous.

For more information about safety in the workplace, visit www.worksafesask.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Veri
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-1331
Email: jennifer.veri@gov.sk.ca

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