Local companies fined by WorkSafeBC
Sep 6, 2013 / 11:56 am
Almost $540,000 worth of fines have been levied against 47 different employers for safety violations, according to the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine.
The September/October issue shows that 51 penalties were handed out across the province and two companies from the Okanagan found themselves liable under the Workers Compensation Act and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
- Timberline Solutions Ltd. of Salmon Arm was fined $11,048 after a worker was seriously injured falling more that 10 feet off of a slippery roof and landing on frozen ground. It was found that the company failed to ensure that its worker used fall protection as well as failed to provide him with the supervision and training needed to ensure his safety.
- John Terence Fergus of KC’s Contracting in Kelowna was fined $2,500 after it was found two of the firm’s workers were on a sloped roof without using the required fall protection.
Of the 51 penalties handed out, four were related to fatal incidents and six were related to incidents where workers were seriously injured on the job.
The highest penalty was for $57, 879.12 to Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre Ltd. In New Westminster for failing to comply with an order to implement an exposure control plan to prevent its workers from exposure to asbestos.
The second largest penalty of $57,558.64 was issued to H.P. Construction, for a December 2010 incident at a downtown Vancouver construction site. A wall form fell over on a worker causing fatal injuries.
The third largest penalty of $47,250.89 was issued to D. Loewen Enterprises in Dawson Creek, for an incident where a worker was fatally injured when struck by a bulldozer.
Penalty amounts are based on the nature of the violation, the employer’s compliance history, and the employer’s assessable payroll. Once a penalty is imposed, the employer has 90 days to appeal to the Review Division of WorkSafeBC.
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