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Two Companies Fined for OHS Violations: One Company Fined for Workplace Fatality, One Company Fined for Worker Injury

Released on July 13, 2018

Carmont Construction Ltd. has been fined a total of $80,000 for violating one count under Occupational Health and Safety legislation resulting in a workplace fatality.

The Saskatoon company pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court on July 12, 2018, to contravening clause 12(b) of the regulations (being an employer at a place of employment, fail to make arrangements for the use, handling, and transport of sound barrier panels in a manner that protects the health and safety of workers, resulting in the death of a worker).

The company was fined $57,143 with a $22,857 surcharge.

The worksite fatality occurred on November 30, 2016, in Saskatoon, when a worker was struck on the head by a sound panel when it gave way and slid off the deck of a trailer.

In an unrelated matter, Esterhazy Ford Sales Ltd. has been fined a total of $35,000 for violating one count under Occupational Health and Safety legislation.

The Carlyle company, which was operating in Esterhazy at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty in Esterhazy Provincial Court on July 10, 2018, to contravening clause 12(a) of the regulations (being an employer at a place of employment, fail to ensure the provision and maintenance of plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer’s workers, resulting in a serious injury to a worker).

The company was fined $25,000 with a $10,000 surcharge.

The incident occurred on August 4, 2017, when a worker was attempting to close the bay door of the shop.  The door landed on his legs resulting in fractures to both legs.

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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