Oil Company Penalized $365,000 after Worker Is Killed by Falling Ice

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A worker died when he was struck by a heavy slab of ice. He had been using steam to clear ice that had formed on pipes. Co-workers found him crushed against metal railings. The company pleaded guilty to one violation of the OHS Act. The court fined the company $10,000 and imposed a creative sentence in which the company agreed to pay more than $250,000 to develop a new course at Keyano College, $100,000 to bursaries and scholarships in the worker’s name and $1,500 to his family [Syncrude Canada, Canadian Press, Feb. 21, 2011].