In June 2020, an employee was working in the fleet maintenance unit in Richmond when he fell into the water.
WorkSafeBC said the worker leaned onto and over a panel of fabric webbing and was attempting to retrieve an item floating in the water.
The fabric webbing broke away and the worker fell into the water and drowned.
Following an investigation, WorkSafeBC determined the worker had not been wearing a personal flotation device and “the fabric webbing panels were insufficient at controlling the hazard of falling into the water below.”
WorkSafeBC also found there had not been a safe work plan developed for retrieving objects that had fallen in the water.
“The firm failed to ensure the health and safety of all workers at its worksite,” WorkSafeBC said.
“The firm also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both high-risk violations.”
BC Ferries was fined $674,445.92.
In a statement to Global News. BC Ferries said “We know that this tragedy has been a devastating loss to the family, our colleague’s co-workers and all employees. The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority and we fully cooperated with police and WorkSafeBC in their investigations.”
The company said it immediately addressed the areas of concern laid out in the WorkSafeBC report and it has requested a review of the report to better understand the decisions made and where any further improvements can be made.
The company said it paid the fine in full.