Excavation Violation Costs Employer $3,000


At a project site in Saint John, an excavation trench didn’t have proper shoring, bracing or caging. No one was hurt but a stop work order was issued because of the potential for serious injuries and because it was a zero tolerance violation. An employer pleaded guilty to violating Sec. 181(1) of General Regulation 91-191 of the OHS Act. The court fined it $3,000 [Terraex Inc., Govt. News Release, March 11, 2014].