WorkSafeBC fines Site C builder another $662K

WorkSafeBC has fined Peace River Hydro Partners $662,102.48 for what it calls repeated violations at Site C.

The fine was issued March 9, after "several health and safety deficiencies were observed related to the use of wheel chocks and curbs for rock trucks, training and documentation, and emergency facilities, chemical labelling, and ventilation in a lab,” WorkSafeBC said.

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“The firm failed to install adequate curbs where there was a danger of a vehicle running off the edge of an elevated area, and failed to ensure that each piece of equipment was capable of safely performing its functions," WorkSafe reported.

"The firm also failed to provide its workers with the training necessary to ensure their health and safety, and to keep adequate training records. In addition, the firm failed to take action to correct reported unsafe conditions without delay, and failed overall to ensure the health and safety of all workers at its worksite. These were all repeated violations.”

Peace River Hydro Partners has now been fined $1.63 million for health and safety workplace violations.

PRHP was fined $662,102.48 in August 2019 after a worker received an electrical shock.

It was fined $310,339.36 in May 2018 for for failing to control silica exposure.

There were 4,896 workers reported on the project in March. There is currently one Site C worker in self-isolation, and 853 workers reported at the camp as of May 10.

Peace River Hydro Partners takes the safety of its workers very seriously,” said PRHP spokeswoman Jamie Bodnarchuk. “While cited for orders of non-compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation resulting in the administration of a penalty, PRHP has since complied with all written orders associated with the penalty, and undertook immediate steps to put operational improvements in place to prevent future occurrences.”

Said BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway, “We take all safety incidents very seriously and require our contractors to investigate incidents and remediate all non-conformances. We continue to work with our contractors to inspect and audit their safety processes and procedures.

“It’s the contractor’s responsibility to cover the financial penalty. PRHP has paid the administrative penalty and complied with all WorkSafe BC written orders associated with the penalty.” 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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