Federal OHS Officials Can’t Issue Orders to Company Subject to AB OHS Law

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A worker was killed in an incident at an oilfield equipment storage yard in Alberta. Provincial OHS officials arrived to investigate. The manager told them the company had always dealt with federal OHS officials, who’d been informed of the fatality and were coming the next day. The AB officials turned over their notes and pictures. When the federal OHS officials issued the company safety orders, the company appealed. The federal OHS Tribunal ruled that the company wasn’t a “federal work, undertaking or business” and so wasn’t subject to federal OHS law. As a result, the federal OHS officials didn’t have authority to issue it any OHS orders [Re: Total Oilfield Rentals Limited Partnership, [2011] OHSTC 20, Aug. 16, 2011].