Kindersley Provincial Court handed out a hefty fine back at the end of January, relating to an incident that occurred back on January 13, 2022 when a worker was "seriously injured after falling through an opening on a work platform".
According to a government release Thursday, back on January 30, 2024, J & H Rentals Ltd. pleaded guilty to one violation of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020. As a result of the incident detailed below, the court imposed a total of $24,000 worth of fines, an initial fine of $17,142.86, and a surcharge $6,857.14.
"The company was fined for contravening clause 9-13 (1) (a) of the regulations (being an employer fail to ensure that any opening or hole in a floor or other work surface into which a worker could step or fall is covered with a securely installed covering that is capable of supporting a load of 360 kilograms per square metre and that is provided with a warning sign or permanent marking clearly indicating the nature of the hazard, resulting in the serious injury of a worker.)"
In this case, three other charges were stayed. The role of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety is to work together in a way that employers and their employees can "eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses through education, inspections and prosecutions".
The government release was unveiled to the public on Thursday morning at 9:40 AM.