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City of Edmonton fined $325K for 2016 tunnel incident

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City of Edmonton fined $325K for 2016 tunnel incident

EDMONTON, ALTA. – The City of Edmonton has been sentenced to a penalty of $325,000 for a 2016 worksite fatality. City drainage worker Saturnino Sonson was fatally injured in 2016 during a tunneling incident.

“The death of our former colleague was tragic, and we are sorry that his family, friends and colleagues faced such a heavy loss. We have learned from this tragic incident, and have strengthened our health and safety commitment, programs and oversight,” City of Edmonton acting city manager Kim Armstrong said. 

The penalty includes $240,000 intended to provide additional safety training for municipal workers in Alberta, specifically work by the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association to enhance confined space, ground disturbance and operator safety courses. 

New online and in-classroom resources will focus on formal and field-level hazard assessments for boring, tunneling and trenching operations, as well as better communication of complex safety information for high-risk operations in the field.

“This new training will better prepare employers and workers across the province to safely install water and wastewater systems, construct rapid transit underground systems and trench roadways,” said the City of Edmonton in a statement.

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