Poor training material results in $165K fine

Worker sustained serious injury, not trained in sand delivery system

Poor training material results in $165K fine

Step Energy Services of Fort St. John, B.C. has been fined $165,328 by WorkSafeBC.

This firm provided a sand storage and delivery system for an oil and gas fracturing operation. A worker was function-testing the metering gate on a sand storage trailer, and was clearing debris from the gate when it closed unexpectedly. The worker sustained serious injuries.

WorkSafeBC determined that the firm's training materials did not adequately address certain topics, such as the use of temporary safeguards for this work process or in what sequence to perform function-testing of equipment.

In addition, WorkSafeBC determined that the worker had not been trained in lockout procedures for the sand delivery system.

The firm failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. This was a high-risk violation. 

Source: WorkSafeBC