June 15, 2021

Worker Injury Leads to Charge, Fine for Prince Albert Company

On May 31, 2021, Aallcann Wood Suppliers Inc. pleaded guilty in Prince Albert Provincial Court to violating one count under occupational health and safety legislation.

The company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 137(1)(a) of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 (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).

As a result of this violation, the Court imposed a fine of $57,143, along with a surcharge of $22,857, for a total amount of $80,000.

The charge stemmed from a workplace incident that occurred on December 19, 2018, in Prince Albert.  While cleaning a conveyer, a worker was injured when they were caught in the chain drive.

Employers are required to provide safe and healthy workplaces, and must provide information, training and experience necessary for employees to perform their jobs safely.  For more information about workplace health and safety training and resources, visit www.worksafesask.ca or contact an industry safety association.

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety works with employers and workers to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses through education, inspections and prosecutions.