Fines Reduced for Worker’s Death in Crane Incident


A twenty-two-year-old worker was crushed when his crane toppled over as he tried to lift more weight than his machine could handle. WorkSafeBC initially imposed $233,000 in penalties on the worker’s employer and the prime contractor for the incident. But the review division cut the employer’s fine in half and cancelled the fine against the prime contractor. The review found that although a high-risk violation had occurred, it wasn’t committed wilfully or with reckless disregard. In addition, the review said there was no indication the prime contractor had failed to ensure proper health and safety procedures [SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc. and Rizzani de Eccher, Govt. News Release, Feb. 23, 2011].