Recycling Mill Receives Largest Fine of Year
Evraz Regina Steel, a steel recycling mill in Saskatchewan, t was fined $60,000 after pleading guilty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to failing to ensure that a machine was effectively guarded to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts on a machine.
The fine is the largest handed out by the Saskatchewan government this year.
The fine is the result of a January 20, 2009 incident in which two electricians were repairing the main hoist of a crane when one worker became tangled in the motor drive shaft, causing multiple fractures and lacerations.
The second largest fine in the 2011/2012 fiscal year, which ended in March, was for $42,000 and also involved a serious injury.
That fine was handed down to Bunge Canada Holdings I ULC of Halifax after the company pleaded guilty to a failure to ensure that a worker did not work within 4.6 metres of an exposed energized conductor.
The largest fine ever handed down in Saskatchewan was in March of 2010, when the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers and was fined the maximum amount of $300,000 under Saskatchewan’s OHSA — only the second time the maximum had been applied.
The penalty also included the maximum allowable $120,000 victim fine surcharge after a worker was killed at a mine in September 2008, bringing the total fine to $420,000.