Oilfield company fined for workplace accident

An energy company has been fined, stemming from a charge under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations..

Trinidad Drilling Ltd. of Calgary pleaded guilty last year in Estevan Provincial Court to contravening subsection 19(4) of the regulations, “being an employer, fail to ensure that no worker is permitted to perform work unless the worker has sufficient experience, to perform the work safely and in compliance with the Act and the Regulations or is under close and competent supervision, resulting in the serious injury of a worker.”  One additional charge was stayed.

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Charges were for a worksite incident that occurred on June 4, 2017, near Torquay. A worker was injured when a pressurized hose came into contact with a rotating pipe.

The company was fined $200,000 plus a surcharge of $80,000 in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday.

To report an incident to the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, please call 1-800-567-7233.

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