Company & Supervisor Charged in Worker’s Death from Water Tank Rupture


At a construction camp, a worker was doing maintenance on the water supply system for the camp when a pressurized water tank ruptured nearby. He suffered fatal injuries. The company was charged with five OHS violations for failing, among other things, to provide sufficient instruction and training and ensure that equipment was used and maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions. A supervisor was also charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of all workers under his supervision and to provide proper written or oral instructions on precautions to be taken [Johnson’s Construction Ltd., Govt. News Release, Feb. 27, 2013].