PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. — Two Saskatchewan companies have pleaded guilty to occupational health and safety violations.
Thorpe Roofing Ltd. of Prince Albert, Sask. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure each wheel on a rolling scaffold was properly equipped with a device to secure the wheel to the scaffold.
As a result of not securing the scaffold wheel, a worker was seriously injured in an incident after a fall from scaffolding at a workplace in North Battleford on Feb. 9, 2016.
The company was fined $28,000 plus a surcharge of $11,200 for a total of $39,200 in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Sept. 19. One additional charge was stayed.
Alford Floors and Interiors (1967) Ltd., located in Regina, pleaded guilty in an unrelated case for failing "to give notice to the division as soon as is reasonably possible of every accident at a place of employment that required a worker to be admitted to hospital as an in-patient for a period of 72 hours or more," states a news release from the provincial government.
Charges were laid after an occupational health officer learned about an injured worker through a worker’s compensation report. The worker suffered serious injuries on Oct. 21, 2016 when a ladder was knocked over and the worker fell to the ground. The officer did not receive the report until Nov. 10, 2016, and the company was fined $2,100 in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on Sept. 20. The fine included both a $1,500 fine and a $600 surcharge.