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Alberta Company Fined After Worker Injured On The Job

Released on June 30, 2021

An Edmonton company pleaded guilty to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 in Estevan Provincial Court on June 21, 2021.

Blueforce Logistics Ltd. pleaded guilty to contravening subsection 94(1) of the regulations (fail, where there is a risk of injury to the skin of a worker from sparks or molten metal, to provide and require the worker to use approved protective clothing or covers or any other safeguard that provides equivalent protection for the worker, resulting in a serious injury to a worker).

The company was fined $46,428.57 plus a surcharge of $18,571.43 for a total of $65,000.  One other charge was withdrawn in court.

Charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on January 14, 2019, in Oxbow, Saskatchewan.  A worker was seriously injured when sparks from a grinder ignited a fire on the worker's clothing. 

Employers are required to provide approved protective equipment that is required by the regulations, and they must require their employees to use the equipment.  For more information about health and safety in the workplace, visit www.worksafesask.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Gladys Wasylenchuk
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2411
Email: gladys.wasylenchuk@gov.sk.ca

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