Worker’s Electrocution Costs Employer $365,000

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While a worker was welding from an aerial platform, the platform severed the insulating coating of the welding current conductor cable, energizing the platform and electrocuting the worker. His employer pleaded guilty to violating Sec. 12(D) of the OHS Code and received a total penalty of $365,500, including a $10,500 fine, $240,000 payment to NAIT for the development of an aerial platform course and establishment of a Trades Apprenticeship Endowment in the deceased worker’s honour and $115,000 payment to Norquest College for the development of a safety course on intercultural communications [Dreco Energy Services Ltd., Govt. News Release, Dec. 15, 2011].