Firms fined five-figure sum in total
WorkSafeBC has penalized three British Columbia employers for violations relating to fall protection rules in the workplace.
Rainbow Siding Ltd. was fined $5,000. The firm was installing exterior cladding at a two-storey house in Surrey when WorkSafeBC found out about their violation.
A worker walking on the sloped roof and no form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to a fall risk of about 6.1 m (20 ft.).
“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a repeated and high-risk violation,” according to WorkSafeBC.
Arctic Roofing & Exteriors Ltd. was also fined $5,000 for violations it committed while roofing a new apartment building in Prince George.
WorkSafeBC inspected the worksite and observed one worker walk across the sloped roof and approach the leading edge, carrying materials. The worker was wearing a fall protection harness but the lifeline was not connected to an anchor. No other form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to a fall risk of about 11.3 m (37 ft.).
“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a high-risk violation. The firm also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both repeated violations,” according to the agency.
Jerry Lee Wetherelt, also known as JL Roofing, was also fined $2,500 for a violation it committed at its residential worksite in Cowichan Bay.
A worker at the edge of a 5:12 sloped roof and no form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to a fall risk of about 6.1 m (20 ft.), according to WorkSafeBC.
The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a repeated and high-risk violation, it said.
"Falls are common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Fall protection planning can help to eliminate the hazards or control the risks associated with working near openings or at heights," according to the the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).