Charges Against Construction Company in Tank Fire Case Resolved

Two workers were doing cleaning work inside a mainly empty fuel tank when a fire erupted in the tank. They were able to get out without serious injury. The construction company they worked for was charged with eight violations of the Safety Act. But on the eve of trial, the defence and government agreed to an “alternative measures agreement,” which requires the company to go through mandatory safety courses, including

  • Company officers and directors, supervisors and managers must complete a supervisors safety course every year for the next four years;
  • All remaining workers must complete a safety training course every year for four years; and
  • The company must provide an orientation plan for new workers for each job site and/or job type to the WSCC [Nunavut Construction Ltd., Sept. 19, 2013].