HUMBOLT, SASK. – The City of Humboldt pleaded guilty in Humboldt Provincial Court on Dec. 20 to one violation of Saskatchewan’s health and safety regulations.
A workplace fatality occurred on Sept. 18, 2019, in Humboldt when a worker succumbed after a trench wall collapsed.
The city was charged with violation of subsection 263(1) of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, which covers an employer not ensuring a worker present in a trench more than 1.2 metres deep is protected from cave-ins or sliding material by cutting back the upper portion of the walls of the trench. The regulation also covers installing a temporary protective structure or a combination of cutting back walls to the slope and installing a temporary protective structure extending at least 300 millimetres above the base of the cut-back.
As a result of the violation the City of Humbolt was fined $95,000 with a $38,000 surcharge, for a total amount of $133,000.