Workplace safety violations lead to fines for Saskatchewan companies

Three Saskatchewan companies fined for failing to protect employees from possible falls in the workplace.

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SASKATOON – Three Saskatchewan companies have been fined in three separate cases for workplace safety violations after failing to provide fall protection for employees.

In the first case, Saalmic Mechanical Services of Shellbrook pleaded guilty for failing to ensure workers used a fall protection system where a worker could fall three or more metres and failing to ensure workers wore approved protective headwear.

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The charges were laid under occupational health and safety legislation after an inspection on March 12, 2012 found a worker on a roof not using fall protection equipment.

The company was fined $1,040 in Shellbrook provincial court on May 6.

In the second case, BP Construction of Prince Albert pleaded guilty in Shellbook provincial court on May 6 for failing to ensure all work at a place of employment was sufficiently and competently supervised.

The company was fined $840 after a worker was observed on March 7, 2012 at a Shellbrook construction site not using fall protection equipment.

In the final case, Thompson’s Plumbing and Heating of Meadow Lake pleaded guilty for failing to ensure a worker was using a fall protection system where a worker could fall three or more metres.

Two employees were seen not using fall protection equipment while installing a vent on a roof at a residential construction site in Meadow Lake on March 5, 2012.

The company was fined $840 in provincial court. Two other charges were stayed.

Occupational Health and Safety has cited nearly 6,400 contraventions for violations in the construction industry over the past five years.

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