December 30, 2020

Violation of OHS Legislation Leads to Fatality, $70,000 Fine

On December 17, 2020, Sommer Green Forages pleaded guilty in Outlook Provincial Court to violating one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, as a result of a workplace fatality that occurred on October 25, 2019.

The Saskatoon company was charged with contravening subsection 139(1) of the regulations (being an employer, failed to ensure that before a worker undertakes the maintenance, repair, test or adjustment of machine other than a power took, the machine is locked out and remains locked out during that activity if not doing so would put the worker at risk, resulting in the death of a worker).

Three other charges were stayed.

As a result of this charge, the Court imposed a fine of $50,000, along with a surcharge of $20,000, for a total amount of $70,000.

The charge stemmed from a workplace fatality that occurred on October 25, 2019, near Broderick, Saskatchewan.  While clearing the teeth on the roller of a baler, the worker became entangled, resulting in the worker’s death.

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