SASKATOON - Two Saskatchewan companies have pleaded guilty to occupational health and safety violations pertaining to workers not using necessary safety equipment.
Shannon Louise Power, who operates as Power Roofing Systems in Saskatoon, Sask, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure workers wore approved industrial headwear or used a fall protection system at a work area where a worker could fall up to or more than three metres. Power was fined $1,000 and a surcharge of $400 for each contravention in a Saskatoon Provincial Court on Aug. 10, for a total of $2,800.
Power Roofing Systems was inspected on June 2, 2016 when workers were observed not using necessary safety equipment by an occupational health officer.
In an unrelated case, Ram Distribution Ltd., which operates in Saskatoon as the Energy Doctor, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure workers wore approved industrial headwear, did not use fall protection systems at a work area where a worker could fall up to or more than three metres, and did not develop a written fall protection plan where a worker could fall three metres or more and were not protected by a guardrail. Ram Distribution Ltd. also pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a worker had appropriate footwear.
Charges were laid after an occupational health officer observed workers neglecting to use proper safety equipment during an inspection held June 21, 2016. One additional charge was stayed at a Saskatoon Provincial Court on June 21, 2016, and the company was fined $1,000 plus a $400 surcharge for each contravention for a total fine of $5,600.