OHS Insider Month in Review – February 2018: Saskatchewan
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2018
Jan.: The recent $420K fine against Shercom Industries is, we believe, a record for an OHS offence in Sask. While the maximum penalties under Sask. OHS laws are among the highest in the country, the province is perennially at or near the bottom in actual fines imposed. For example, a recent CBC report finds that Sask. ranked second to last in median OHS fines for cases involving fatalities since 2007.
OHS FINES SCORECARD (Sask. Jan. 2018)
|$420K||Shercom Industries||Worker killed after his hand and arm get caught in shredder conveyor belt pulley
|Failure as an employer to provide and maintain plant, systems of work and working environments ensuring, as far as reasonably practicable, workers’ health, safety and welfare, resulting in a worker’s death|
|$140K||Brad Hammond Construction Ltd.||Worker paralyzed after falling from roof||Failure to ensure use of fall protection system by workers at risk of falling 3 metres or more|
|$14K||Rocksteady Builders Inc.||Worker fractures ankle and forearm after falling 27 feet thru a roof||Failure to ensure use of fall protection system and implement fall protection plan where workers risk falling 3 metres or more|
Jan. 8: The Sask. Liquor and Gaming Authority will issue about 60 cannabis retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 cities and First Nation communities across the province—unless the city or community chooses to opt out from having a dispensary.
Jan. 9: Conservation officers concluded another year of monitoring without a single confirmed finding of invasive mussels. Officers performed sampling of 90 waterbodies across the province. Only 119 of the 2,084 watercraft inspected after entering Sask. from the US required decontamination.