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Calgary firm fined for safety violation

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Sulzer Chemtech Canada Inc. of Calgary, Alberta pleaded guilty to one charge under occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and was fined $14,000 in Estevan Provincial Court on June 23.

The company pleaded guilty to failure to ensure that any opening or hole in a floor, roof or other work surface into which a worker could step or fall is securely covered and/or protected and was fined $10,000 with a $4,000 surcharge.

Sulzer Chemtech Canada Inc. was charged after a company employee was injured at the Carbon Capture Project at the Boundary Dam near Estevan when he fell 15 feet through a hole in the floor of the worksite on January 22, 2013. One other charge against the company was stayed in court.

Falls represent over 12 per cent of all injuries reported in construction. In the 2014-15 year, there have been 29 OHS convictions with fines totalling over $146,000.


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