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Construction company fined $23,000 after worker injured in Fort St. John

WorkSafeBC has fined an Edmonton-based construction company more than $23,000 for high-risk safety violations after a worker was injured at its Fort St. John worksite last year.
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WorkSafeBC has fined an Edmonton-based construction company more than $23,000 for high-risk safety violations after a worker was injured at its Fort St. John worksite last year.

WorkSafe said Wednesday it fined RMC Construction Materials on Nov. 12 after an investigation found “multiple health and safety deficiencies” and determined the company failed to protect workers from danger.

According to WorkSafe, workers had been removing wear plates from a concrete mixer when a plate slipped, striking and injuring a worker who was underneath the plates.

“The firm failed to ensure equipment was locked out and that workers had access to personal locks,” WorkSafe said. "The firm failed to provide safe work platforms to access work areas, failed to ensure fall protection was used where required, and failed to ensure fall protection anchors were certified by a professional engineer."

WorkSafe said its investigation also determined the company did not develop an exposure control plan for respirable crystalline silica, and failed to ensure its workers were instructed in safe work practices regarding respirable crystalline silica.

The investigation also concluded the company "failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety," WorkSafe said.

“These were all high-risk violations,” WorkSafe said. 

The total fine issued was $23,158.80. RMC has been contacted for comment.


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