A Shaunavon-based company has been fined $112,000 as a result of a workplace fatality in late 2021.
In Shaunavon Provincial Court on May 4, Bench Hutterian Brethren Corp. pleaded guilty to two violations of occupational health and safety regulations.
The incident occurred near Shaunavon on November 25, 2021, when a worker and the platform they were standing on fell 25 feet from the forks of a telehandler.
Bench Hutterian Brethren Corp was fined $40,000 with a surcharge of $16,000 for being an employer failing to ensure that only trained operators are required or permitted to operate powered mobile equipment, resulting in the death of a worker.
The other fine was also for $40,000 with a surcharge of $16,000 for being an employer failing to ensure that a work platform mounted on a forklift on which a worker may be raised or lowered or required or permitted to work is securely attached to the forks of the forklift to prevent accidental lateral or vertical movement of the platform, resulting in the death of a worker.
A third unknown charge was stayed in the proceedings.