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Nipawin, Sask. company fined for failing to ensure worker safety

Ridgewood Construction had previously been issued a notice of contravention by OHS and was required to take corrective action by a specific date. File / Global News

A 2016 workplace inspection has resulted in fines for a Nipawin, Sask. company.

An occupational health and safety (OHS) officer carried out the inspection on March 29, 2016 at a work site near Val Marie, Sask., and observed workers not using a guardrail, life jackets or a full-body harness with a lifeline or net while working near water.

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Ridgewood Construction had previously been issued a notice of contravention by OHS and was required to take corrective action by a specific date.

The company pleaded guilty in Swift Current provincial court on May 9 for failing to comply with a direction under the Saskatchewan Employment Act.

It also pleaded guilty for failing to ensure workers are protected when they could fall and drown.

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Ridgewood Construction was fined $2,500 along with a $1,000 surcharge. Three other charges against the company were withdrawn in court.

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