Worker dies while cleaning blockages from floor grate

Company to pay $334,000 for course on internal responsibility system

Carey Industrial Services is required to pay a total of $335,000 (which includes a fine and funding for a course development) for a workplace fatality.


On June 2, 2016, a worker was clearing blockages from a floor grate in a bulk storage facility when they were pulled into the material to the point of being completely immersed. The worker suffered fatal injuries.


Carey Industrial Services pleaded guilty to section 189 of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code for failing to ensure, where a worker may be injured if equipment or material was dislodged, moved or spilled, that the material or equipment was contained, restrained or protected to eliminate the potential danger.


The company was fined $1,000 inclusive of the 15 per cent victim fine surcharge, and it was ordered, under OHS Act section 75, to pay $334,000 in favour of Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) and Safety in Schools (SIS) for the development and delivery of an incident-based course focused on the internal responsibility system.


All other charges were withdrawn against Carey Industrial Services.


All charges were withdrawn against Summit Crane Works; Spartan Crane Works operating as Summit Crane Works; and Aaron Thomas operating as Summit Crane Works. All charges were withdrawn against Agrium.


Source: Alberta Labour