WorkSafeBC fines Site C builder another $662,000

Another $662k fine

WorkSafeBC has fined Peace River Hydro Partners $662,102.48 for what it calls repeated violations at Site C.

The fine was issued March 9, after "several health and safety deficiencies were observed related to the use of wheel chocks and curbs for rock trucks, training and documentation, and emergency facilities, chemical labelling, and ventilation in a lab,” WorkSafeBC said.

“The firm failed to install adequate curbs where there was a danger of a vehicle running off the edge of an elevated area, and failed to ensure that each piece of equipment was capable of safely performing its functions," WorkSafe reported.

"The firm also failed to provide its workers with the training necessary to ensure their health and safety, and to keep adequate training records. In addition, the firm failed to take action to correct reported unsafe conditions without delay, and failed overall to ensure the health and safety of all workers at its worksite. These were all repeated violations.”

Peace River Hydro Partners has now been fined $1.63 million for health and safety workplace violations.

PRHP was fined $662,102.48 in August 2019 after a worker received an electrical shock.

It was fined $310,339.36 in May 2018 for for failing to control silica exposure.

There were 4,896 workers reported on the project in March. There is currently one Site C worker in self-isolation, and 861 workers reported at the camp.

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