Two Workplace Injuries Result in $935,000 in Fines
On February 9, 2021, EVRAZ INC. NA Canada of Ottawa, pleaded guilty in Regina Provincial Court of violating The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 for two separate incidents.
The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 12(a) of the regulations (being an employer, fail to provide and maintain plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer's workers, resulting in the serious injury to a worker).
The company was fined $257,142.14 with a $102,857.86 surcharge, for a total of $360,000.
The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on January 24, 2019, at the EVRAZ plant in Regina, Saskatchewan where a worker was rolling a pipe and slipped on ice and snow which allowed the individual to be pinned between the pipe and a steel plate of a conveyor. This resulted in serious injuries.
The company also pleaded guilty in a separate incident of contravening clause 137(1)(a) of the regulations (being an employer, fail to provide an effective safeguard where a worker may contact a dangerous moving part of a machine, resulting in a serious injury to a worker).
The company was fined $410,714.29 with a $164,285.71 surcharge, for a total of $575,000.
The charges are from an incident that took place on February 6, 2019, at the EVRAZ plant in Regina. While a worker was attempting to put out a grease fire on a machine, it moved, causing a serious injury to the individual.
One charge was also withdrawn in this incident.
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