News Release - August 10, 2005
TRI-QUEST CONSTRUCTION LTD. GUILTY OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Tri-Quest Construction Ltd. Saskatoon pleaded guilty to two charges under provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regulations dealing with proper fall protection and the use of protective headwear. The company was fined a total of $1,170.
The charges followed a March 1st, 2005 contravention for failing to require the use of proper fall protection, contrary to Regulation 116, for which the company was fined $650, and protective headwear, contrary to Regulation 91(6), for which the company was fined $300. The court also levied $220 in victim fine surcharges.
Fall protection involves the use of guardrails, safety nets and fall-arresting devices for people working above ground level. Other regulatory requirements concern the use of head protection, such as hard hats, and the proper maintenance and use of ladders.
"In each of the past six years, at least one and sometimes two construction workers have died in a fall," Saskatchewan Labour Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Safety Manager Bob Ross said. "The failure to comply with mandatory and necessary safety standards will not be tolerated."
"Despite the fact fall protection, and other measures to ensure safety, have been required by law for almost 10 years, non-compliance, particularly in construction, remains a serious concern," Ross said. "About 200 workers a year are injured by falls."
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a contravention that does not cause, but is likely to cause, death or serious injury to a worker carries a maximum penalty of $50,000 for the first offence.
Ross expects more charges will be laid during this construction season.
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