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Two Companies Fined For Workplace Injuries

Released on November 13, 2020

Two employers pleaded guilty to charges in separate violations under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.

7262265 Manitoba Ltd. pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court on October 5, 2020, to violating one count under the regulations.

The company, operating as Matt Reimer Construction, pleaded guilty to contravening subsection 201(1) of the regulations (being an employer, failed to ensure that every hoist, crane and lifting device, including all rigging, used at a place of employment is designed, constructed, installed, maintained and operated to perform safely any task for which the hoist, crane, lifting device or rigging is used, resulting in the death of a worker).

The company was fined $65,000 with a surcharge of $26,000, for a total of $91,000.  Two additional charges were withdrawn.

The charge resulted from an incident on May 9, 2019, near Plenty, Saskatchewan.  A worker was struck by a steel tube of a lifting device, resulting in the death of the worker.

In an unrelated matter, Spade Oilfield Ltd., operating as Thiessen Oilfield Services, pleaded guilty to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 in Kindersley Provincial Court on May 7, 2020.

The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 12(c) of the regulations (being an employer, fail to provide any information, instruction, training and supervision that is necessary to protect the health and safety of workers at work, resulting in the serious injury of a worker).

The company was fined $28,571.43 plus a surcharge of $11,428.57, totalling $40,000.

Charges resulted from an incident that occurred on July 6, 2018, on a worksite near Coleville, Saskatchewan.  A worker was seriously injured when they were struck by a hose coupler.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Toews
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-1331
Email: jennifer.toews3@gov.sk.ca

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