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Meadow Lake Company Pleads Guilty to OHS Charge in Workplace Death

Released on September 29, 2017

Cowan Bros. Transport Ltd. pleaded guilty to one occupational health and safety violation and was fined $84,000 in Montreal Lake Provincial Court on September 21, 2017.

The company was charged with contravening clause 3(8)(h) of the Act (fail to ensure, insofar as is reasonably practicable, that the activities of the employer’s workers at a place of employment do not negatively affect the health, safety or welfare at work of the employer, other workers or any self-employed person at the place of employment resulting in the death of a worker).

The company was fined $60,000 plus a $24,000 surcharge.

The charge stemmed from an incident that took place on July 27, 2015, near Waskesiu.  A worker died after being run over by a flatbed truck that was being pushed by a bulldozer.

While everyone is responsible to create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace, employers carry the greatest responsibility because of their authority and control over the worksite.  The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety works to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses through education, inspections, and prosecutions.

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For more information, contact:

David Horth
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0926
Email: david.horth@gov.sk.ca

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