Released on September 20, 2019A Saskatoon company was fined $84,000 after pleading guilty to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety (Prime Contractor) Regulations in Saskatoon Provincial Court on September 12, 2019.
Fire Sand Glass Real Estate Ltd. pleaded guilty to contravening clause 5(b) of the regulations (being a prime contractor, fail to ensure that all activities at the required worksite that may affect the health and safety of workers or self-employed persons are co-ordinated, resulting in the serious injury of a worker).
The company was fined $60,000 and a surcharge of $24,000.
Charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on August 18, 2016 near Saskatoon. A worker operating a scissor lift sustained serious injuries when the lift was struck by an overhead crane and knocked to the ground.
A prime contractor is responsible for co-ordinating the health and safety activities at worksites with multiple employers operating on-site. Prime contractors ensure policies, procedures and safe work practices are used on the worksite. They are also responsible for preparing a written plan that co-ordinates activities.
In December of 2018, Saskatoon company Prairie Crane Inc. pleaded guilty to one charge under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 for the same incident.
To report an incident to the Occupational Health and Safety Division, please call 1-800-567-SAFE (7233).
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Labour Relations and Workplace Safety