Marks third fine under Saskatchewan OHS regulations in less than a year
Evraz North America has pleaded guilty to one count under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and has been fined $322,000 for an incident that caused serious injuries to a worker in 2018.
The Toronto-based steel company pleaded guilty to contravening 137(1)(b) of the regulations, admitting that it failed to ensure an effective safeguard where a worker may contact a dangerous moving part of a machine that remains in place at all times and results in a serious injury to a worke
The case stemmed from a Feb. 7, 2018 incident in Regina where a worker sustained a number of injuries after stepping on to a turn roll motor. The company was fined $230,000 plus a surcharge of $92,000. One other charge was withdrawn.
In March of last year, the company pleaded guilty to contravening section 248 of the regulations: failing to provide and maintain a safe means of entrance to and exit from a place of employment and all work sites and work-related areas in or on a place of employment, resulting in a serious injury to a worker. The company was fined $71,429 plus a $28,571 surcharge, for a total of $100,000, for a Feb. 15, 2017 incident where a worker ruptured his quadriceps tendon when stepping down into a pit at the company’s Regina facility.
In June, Evraz was also fined $90,000, plus a surcharge of $36,000, for a total of $126,000 after pleading guilty to contravening subsection 69(1) of the regulations: being an employer, fail, while workers were present at a worksite, to provide lighting that is sufficient to protect the health and safety of workers and suitable for the work to be done at the site, resulting in serious injury to a worker. This charge stemmed from a Sept. 30, 2016 incident where a worker’s foot was injured when it struck a piece of waste metal while the employee was riding on a railcar, still at the Regina facility.