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Alberta imposes record penalties for oh&s violations

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Alberta courts sent the strongest message ever to Alberta companies in 2008 that workplace health and safety must not be compromised. Penalties totaling more than $5 million against 22 companies surpass the 2007 total of $1.72 million against 12 companies.

“This government will continue working with industry, labour and safety associations to ensure our workplaces remain healthy and safe,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Employment and Immigration. “However, when all else fails and the law is broken, the courts take over and send the ultimate message. These sentences should remind employers that there will be consequences when they don’t meet their safety responsibilities.”

The percentage of penalties collected as alternate sentences has also increased. In 2007, 74 per cent of penalties were paid to safety organizations to provide training or to organizations that assist injured workers. To date in 2008, more than 88 per cent of the fines, nearly $4.5 million, are in alternate sentences with the largest awards going to the University of Alberta Engineering Safety and Risk Management Program ($345,000), Lakeland College ($300,000) and the Red Deer College/City of Red Deer ($300,000).

2008 OH&S Convictions 

Date of 2008 Conviction

Company

Incident location/date

Creative sentence

Recipient

Total Penalty

January 17

Fitzgerald Construction 2001 Inc.

Wainwright
December 13, 2004

$288,500

Workers’ Health Centre

$300,000

January 21

E&L Trucking

Grande Cache, August 25, 2004

$70,000

Easter Seals

$75,000

January 22

DSI Mill Construction Ltd.

Mitsue
May 29, 2004

$345,000

Engineering Safety and Risk Management Program - U of A Faculty of Engineering

$350,750

February 7

K. Kenn Industries Ltd.

Wainwright
October 22, 2003

$300,000

Lakeland College

$357,500

February 14

Twin Rivers Ranch Ltd.

Vega
October 29, 2004

$245,000

STARS, NAIT, Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre

$250,000

March 6

Cassady Engineering Ltd.

Nisku
April 30, 2005

$269,250

Manufacturer’s Health and Safety Association, STARS

$275,000

March 19

CVA Canada Inc.

Red Deer
August 26, 2005

$300,000

Red Deer College and City of Red Deer Emergency Services

$300,000

April 23

NB Tree Services Ltd.

Canmore,
September 14, 2005

$70,000

Olds College

$75,750

April 23

Lonkar Well Testing Ltd.

Grande Prairie, January 13, 2005

$295,000

STARS Air Ambulance

$300,000

April 25

United Rentals of Canada Inc.

Ft. McMurray
February 7, 2005

$120,000

Alberta Construction Safety Association

$125,000

April 30

Premetalco Inc.

Calgary
January 21, 2005

$315,000

SAIT ($265K)
Manufacturers’ Health and Safety Association ($50K)

$325,000

June 16

L.O.P. Inc

Edmonton
August 1, 2005

 

 

$316,250

June 17

Canadian Horizontal Drilling Ltd.

Wetaskiwin
March 17, 2005

$290,000

Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society

$301,500

July 7

B. Little Construction  Ltd.

Drayton Valley
January 31, 2005

$295,000

STARS Air Ambulance

$300,000

August 22

Independent Automatic Sprinkler Ltd.

Grande Prairie
May 15, 2005

 

 

$100,000

September 4

Special Services Inc.

Sundre,
November 6, 2004

$419,250

NAIT, Red Deer College, STARS, Threads of Life

$425,000

September 15

Atco Electric Ltd.

Peace River,
January 7, 2005

$297,000

Produce “Best Practice for Working on Ice”

$300,375

September 30

Skyline Drywall Ltd.

Calgary,
March 24, 2005

$70,000

SAIT Polytechnic

$72,875

October 6

Pagnotta Industries Ltd.

Jasper,
March 10, 2005

$80,000

NAIT

$85,750

September 19

Blue Ridge Lumber Inc.

Whitecourt, December 14, 2002

$40,000

Blue Ridge Voluntary Fire Department

$45,750

December 15

Browne and Sons Plastering Ltd

Wainwright
April 7, 2006

$85,000

STARS

$90,000

December 22

W. Pidhirney Welding Ltd.

Grande Cache  August 21, 2005

$290,000

Red Deer College

$301,500

Totals to date

$4,484,000

 

$5,073,000

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