Tag | Saskatchewan Health and Safety
Excerpt from the OH&S Canada Magazine
The collapse of an earth wall, measuring 15 metres high and 18 metres wide, recently claimed the life of a dump truck driver at a construction site in Calgary.
Randolph James Williams, a 47-year-old employee of Steph Trucking, was sitting in the cab of his dump truck at about 3:30 pm on February 14, 2008 when an earth pile crumbled onto the vehicle.
The Crown in Saskatchewan is currently reviewing an investigation file into the death of miner Cory Braaten to determine if charges will be pursued.
The review follows last December’s release of an accident investigation report to Braaten’s employer, Claude Resources Inc., says Shannon Dumba, a spokesperson for Saskatchewan Advanced Education, Employment and Labour. “The report that went to the employer identifies the cause of the incident and is aimed at preventing that type of incident from happening again,” Dumba says.
Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine
A contract worker who was trapped inside a Saskatchewan gold mill for about 10 hours later returned to the site to help with the investigation.
The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan received the maximum penalty amount under the provincial health and safety legislation in connection with the death of miner, Robert Tkach, in September 2008. They were fined a total of $420,000 on March 15, 2010 after pleading guilty to one charge of failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of a worker, contrary to Section 3(a) of the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The fine includes the maximum penalty of $300,000 plus the maximum victim fine surcharge of $120,000.
The widow, Sylvia Tkach, says she is disappointed with the decision and believes that any fine amount needs to be greater in the province. â€œI donâ€™t think they are high enough in Saskatchewan and they are not providing a deterrent,â€ she says. â€œIt is not enough of a deterrent to change behaviours,â€ she argues.