Charges stem from a 2018 incident
Drilling rig company Bonanza Drilling was fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 in Rosetown Provincial Court in Saskatchewan.
On Aug. 13, the Brooks, Alberta-based company pleaded guilty to contravening clause 12(a) of the regulations, admitting that, being an employer, it failed in the provision and maintenance of a plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer’s workers, resulting in the injury of a worker.
Charges root from a Feb. 17, 2018 incident near Herschel, Saskatchewan, where a worker sustained serious injuries after falling from a walkway while cleaning a rig.
The company was fined $35,714.28 plus a surcharge of $14,285.72. One other charge was withdrawn.
“Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, in partnership with the Workers’ Compensation Board, supports and promotes Mission: Zero – zero workplace injuries, zero fatalities and zero suffering. We are all responsible for keeping ourselves and each other safe and healthy at work,” said the Saskatchewan government.