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Consumers' Co-operative Refineries Limited Fined $280,000 for 2011 Explosion and Fire

Released on May 12, 2015

On May 12, 2015, Consumers’ Co-operative Refineries Limited (CCRL) of Saskatoon, received a fine of $280,000 for a violation of occupational health and safety legislation.

CCRL pleaded guilty to contravening clause 17(a) of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 for failing to ensure that all work at a place of employment was sufficiently and competently supervised.  Four other charges were withdrawn.

On October 6, 2011, an explosion and subsequent fire occurred at the CCRL refinery in Regina, injuring 52 workers; three of these workers sustained serious injuries.  Officials with the Regina Fire and Protective Services, Emergency Management and Fire Safety, the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Division worked together to collect evidence needed for their respective assessments which included a determination of cause, origin and circumstance surrounding the incident.

Through OHS’s investigation, it was determined that CCRL failed to comply with occupational health and safety legislation and charges were laid against the company on July 31, 2013.

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety takes its responsibility for health and safety enforcement very seriously.  The ministry works to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses by ensuring compliance with fair and balanced occupational health and safety standards through education, inspections, and where appropriate, prosecutions.

For more information about OHS prosecutions, please visit


For more information, contact:

Laura McKnight
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Phone: 306-787-0355

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