A death and injuries on jobsites result in major fines to businesses in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John for WorkSafeBC violations
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- A death at a construction site in Dawson Creek last year has resulted in WorkSafeBC handing out major fines to a pair of businesses.
Peters Brothers Construction Limited has been hit with a fine of $77,630.87 for the incident on April 6, 2021.
A fine of $2,882.57 also issued to Jacobsen Contracting Limited for involvment with the same incident.
For the full explanation of the fines issued by WorkSafeBC for this incident, click here.
A Business in Fort St John also slapped with big fines in a separate incident.
R.M.C. Construction Materials needing to pay fines issued for an incident in November of 2021.
WorkSafeBC ordered a payment of $23,158.80 be made stating, "This firm's workers were removing wear plates from a concrete mixer. A plate slipped, striking and injuring a worker who was underneath the plates.
WorkSafeBC attended the site and observed multiple health and safety deficiencies. The firm failed to ensure equipment was locked out and that workers had access to personal locks. The firm failed to provide safe work platforms to access work areas, failed to ensure fall protection was used where required, and failed to ensure fall protection anchors were certified by a professional engineer.
In addition, the firm failed to have a qualified person develop an exposure control plan for respirable crystalline silica (RCS), and failed to ensure workers were instructed in any RCS safe work practices. Furthermore, the firm failed to plan its workplace to protect workers from danger, and failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety."
So far, no fines in the Peace Region have been reported from WorkSafeBC for 2022.