Saskatchewan company fined for worker's death

Worker got entangled, causing the death

Saskatchewan company fined for worker's death
The incident took place in October 2019.

Saskatchewan company Sommer Green Forages was fined $50,000 along with a surcharge of $20,000 after pleading guilty to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, for the death of one worker.

The incident took place near Broderick on Oct. 25, 2019, when the worker became entangled while clearing the teeth on the roller of a baler, resulting in the worker’s death.

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

Three other charges were stayed.

Previously, Inland Steel Products Inc. was fined $90,000 with a $36,000 surcharge while Welldone, Inc. was fined $150,000, both for violations that caused workers’ death.