PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. — Saskatchewan is cracking down on construction companies for safety violations.
Three Saskatchewan companies pleaded guilty to occupational health and safety violations in a Saskatoon provincial court last month for failing to ensure workers were using necessary safety equipment.
Another company pleaded guilty to failing to keep a worker safe while operating a machine.
Cactus Roofing Ltd., Xray Roofing Inc. and Michael Groulx of Mico Construction all pleaded guilty to failing to ensure workers were wearing approved industrial protective headwear or a proper fall protection system.
They were fined $4,200, $2,800 and 2,800 respectively. In each case an occupational health and safety officer saw workers not using safety gear. There were no injuries reported.
A wood supplier was also fined this month after a worker’s hand was severely injured in a machine.
Aallcann Wood Suppliers Inc. must pay $40,000 after pleading guilty to one occupational health and safety violation in a Prince Albert provincial court.
The company was charged with failing to ensure that before a worker undertakes the maintenance, repair, test or adjustment of a machine, that the machine is locked out and remains locked out during that activity.
Three additional charges were stayed in court.
The charges were filed after an incident in 2015 near Prince Albert.
A worker was removing debris from a wood peeler and had several fingers severed after coming into contact with the rotating teeth.
According to WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the hand is the most common place for an injury.
The province is reminding workers and employers to identify hazards and develop safety measures to prevent injuries. Common hand hazards include chains, gears, rollers, wheels, transmission belts, spiked or jagged tools, cutting tools, or processes that involve shearing, chopping or crushing.