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Charges

  • 2022

    Charged is: Great Northern Plumbing Inc.

    Date charges laid: July 5, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Calgary

    Date of alleged offence: August 10, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: A worker was seriously injured when crushed by a load of steel pipe that fell off a rack that had collapsed under the excessive load that had been placed upon it.

    Contravention: Great Northern Plumbing Inc. was charged, as an employer, with 15 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act failure to ensure, by designing, manufacturing and maintaining a rack of sufficient strength, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site.   
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by storing pipes in dunnage, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by adequately controlling the number and weight of pipes stored in a rack, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site. 
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by establishing and enforcing a zone of exclusion, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site. 
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the Alberta OHS Safety Regulation, failure to ensure all the equipment used at a work site, a rack and pipes, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed. 
    • Section 12(1)(c) of the Alberta OHS Safety Regulation, failure to ensure all the equipment used at a work site, a rack and pipes, was of adequate strength for its purpose.
    • Section 12(a) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment and personal protective equipment was of sufficient size, strength and design and made of suitable materials to withstand the stresses imposed on it during its operation and to perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(b) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that the rated capacity or other limitations on the operation of the equipment, or any part of it, as described in the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer, were not exceeded.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that equipment and supplies, a rack and pipes, were erected, installed, assembled, started, operated, handled, stored, serviced, tested, adjusted, calibrated, maintained, repaired and dismantled in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or the specifications certified by a professional engineer.
    • Section 187(2) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure racks used to store materials or equipment were designed, constructed and maintained to support the load placed on them, and were placed on firm foundations that could support the load.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps designing, manufacturing and maintaining a rack of sufficient strength, to ensure that if equipment or material was dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged, that the equipment or material was contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate the potential danger.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps storing pipes in dunnage, to ensure that if equipment or material was dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged, that the equipment or material was contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate the potential danger.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps, adequately controlling the number and weight of pipes stored in a rack, to ensure that if equipment or material was dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged, that the equipment or material was contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate the potential danger.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps, establishing and enforcing a zone of exclusion, to ensure that if equipment or material was dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged, that the equipment or material was contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate the potential danger.
    • Section 318(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that workers in a work area where there may be falling objects were protected from the falling objects by an overhead safeguard.

    Charged is: Roberts Roofing 2017 Inc.; Vincent Roberts

    Date charges laid: June 7, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Edmonton

    Date of alleged offence: August 21, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A roofer was working on a residential roof when they fell off, resulting in fatal injuries.

    Contravention: Roberts Roofing 2017 Inc. and Vincent Roberts, being an employer, were charged with eight counts:

    • Section 3(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure their workers were aware of their rights and duties under this act, the regulations and OHS Code and of any health and safety issues arising from the work being conducted at the work site.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure where work was done that could endanger a worker, that work was done by a worker who was competent to do that work or by a worker who was working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 13(3) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure workers who could be required to use safety equipment or personal protective equipment were competent in the application, care, use, maintenance and limitations of that equipment.
    • Section 139(1)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure workers were protected from falling at a temporary work area where the workers could fall a vertical distance of 3 metres or more.
    • Section 140(1) of the OHS Code, failure to develop procedures that complied with Part 9 in a fall protection plan for a work site where workers could fall 3 metres or more and the workers were not protected by guardrails.
    • Section 141(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure workers were trained in the safe use of the fall protection system before allowing the workers to work in an area where a fall protection system must be used.
    • Section 141(3) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure workers were made aware of the fall hazards particular to that work site and the steps taken to eliminate or control those hazards.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.

    Charged is: Blue Collar Silviculture Ltd.

    Date charges laid: May 19, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: County of Mackenzie

    Date of alleged offence: July 2, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A tree planter was struck and fatally injured by a falling tree.

    Contravention: Blue Collar Silviculture Ltd. was charged, being an employer, with 8 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure, by adequately warning or communicating a warning or alert of changes in the circumstances of work which could present a hazard to a worker, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by adequately establishing or maintaining or enforcing a zone or zones excluding workers from a hazardous place, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site, Worker 1.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by adequately assessing a workplace prior to the commencement of work including adequately identifying hazardous or dangerous trees, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site, Worker 1.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by adequately establishing or executing a shutdown procedure, evacuation procedure, or similar procedure, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site, Worker 1.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by adequately training or maintaining the alertness of a worker or workers, Worker 1 or Worker 2, in the recognition of hazardous situations, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work was being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating in the work site, Worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Code, failure to eliminate a hazard, or if elimination was not possible, control a hazard, if an existing or potential hazard was identified during a hazard assessment.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps, falling of a tree or establishing a no-work zone, to ensure equipment or material was contained, restrained, or protected to eliminate a hazard, or if elimination was not possible, control a hazard, if a worker could be injured if equipment or material was dislodged, moved, spilled, or damaged.
    • Section 318(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that workers in a work area where there could be falling objects were protected from the falling objects by an overhead safeguard.

    Charged is: Brewster Inc.

    Date charges laid: May 10, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Jasper

    Date of alleged offence: July 18, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: On July 18, 2020, a bus rolled over on an off road tour at the Columbia Icefield that resulted in the bus driver being seriously injured and causing deaths and injuries to passengers.

    Contravention: Brewster Inc. was charged, being an employer, with 8 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer, by failing to mandate seat belt usage.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to maintain seatbelts.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(iii) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of other persons, the passengers, on the ice explorer at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating from the work site of that employer, by failing to control the hazard of the grade of the slope of the lateral moraine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(iii) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of passenger 1 at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating from the work site of that employer, by failing to control the hazard of the grade of the slope of the lateral moraine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(iii) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of passenger 2 at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating from the work site of that employer, by failing to control the hazard of the grade of the slope of the lateral moraine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(iii) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of passenger 3 at or in the vicinity of the work site who could be affected by hazards originating from the work site of that employer, by failing to control the hazard of the grade of the slope of the lateral moraine.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure all equipment used at a work site would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that all equipment used at a work site was free from obvious defects.

    Charged is: Polytubes 2009 Inc.

    Date charges laid: May 4, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Edmonton

    Date of alleged offence: October 6, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: A worker was operating a radial saw that resulted in a hand being seriously injured and an admission to hospital.

    Contravention: Polytubes 2009 Inc. was charged, as an employer, with seven counts:

    • Section 3(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure their worker was adequately trained in all matters necessary to protect their health and safety, including before the worker began performing a work activity, or performed a new work activity, used new equipment or performed new processes, or was moved to another area or work site.
    • Section 12(1)(a) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure  equipment used at a work site, a radial arm saw, was maintained in a condition that would not compromise the health or safety of workers using it.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, the radial arm saw, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or designed.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that equipment used at a work site, a radial arm saw, was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure where work was done that could endanger a worker, the work was done by a worker who was competent to do that work or by a worker who was working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure a worker was trained in the safe operation of equipment, a radial arm saw, the worker was required to operate.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment, a radial arm saw, was installed, assembled, operated, handled, adjusted or maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or the specifications certified by a professional engineer.

    Charged is: McCann’s Building Movers Ltd.

    Date charges laid: May 4, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Cochrane

    Date of alleged offence: October 9, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A crew of workers were in the process of moving a portable classroom into place with a flatbed truck. A worker was underneath the portable classroom as the unit was moving into place when the worker was fatally injured.

    Contravention: McCann’s Building Movers Ltd., being an employer,  was charged with 22 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker, by failing to ensure the worker was not caught between a metal post and a metal crossbeam under a load being moved.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker by ensuring the worker was not caught between a metal post and a moving truck trailer while the worker was under its load.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker by failing to ensure the worker was safely out of the range of moving powered mobile equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to develop, implement and enforce the implementation of adequate administrative procedures or practices to ensure safe work in moving a portable load.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to adequately supervise or direct the supervisor in the safe performance of their work as supervisor in moving a load.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker by failing to adequately supervise or direct powered mobile equipment operator.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to adequately supervise or direct the worker and/or another worker in the safe performance of their work.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to ensure the supervisor was adequately trained in the task of supervising workers in the task of moving a load.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker by failing to ensure an adequate hazard assessment was done or repeated for the task of moving a load in circumstances where workers were instructed or permitted to be underneath the load.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to develop, implement and enforce adequate administrative procedures or practices to ensure safe work in confined spaces or restricted spaces.
    • -Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of the worker, by failing to appoint a spotter or signalman to ensure visual confirmation of the safety of crew members exposed to danger during the process of moving equipment.
    • Section 13(1) of the Alberta Regulation, failure to ensure that if work, the moving of a portable load, was to be done that could endanger workers, the work was done by workers competent to do the work or by workers working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 7(4)(b) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure a hazard assessment was repeated when a new work process was introduced during the moving of a portable classroom.
    • Section 7(4)(c) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that a hazard assessment was repeated when a work process or operation changed during the moving of a portable classroom.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Code, where existing or potential hazard to workers was identified during a hazard assessment, failed to take measures in accordance with Section 9 of the OHS Code to eliminate the hazards, or, if elimination was not reasonably practicable, to control the hazard.
    • Section 44(1) of the OHS Code, failure to have a written code of practice governing the practices and procedures to be followed when workers entered and worked in a confined space.
    • Section 45(a) of the OHS Code, where workers,  would enter a restricted space to work, failed to appoint a competent person to identify and assess the hazards the workers were likely to be exposed to while in the restricted space.
    • -Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure, where a worker could be injured if equipment or material was moved, that the equipment or material was contained, restrained or protected to eliminate the potential danger.
    • -Section 228(1)(a) of the OHS Code, where the hazard assessment indicated the need for personal protective equipment, a hard hat, failed to ensure the worker wore the hard hat and that it was correct for the hazard and protected the worker.
    • Section 258(1)(a) of the OHS Code, in circumstances where the movement of a load, a portable classroom, created a danger to workers, did permit the workers to remain within range of the moving load.
    • Section 258(3) of the OHS Code, where workers could be caught between a moving part of a unit of powered mobile equipment and another object, a metal post, failed to restrict entry to the area by workers or require workers to maintain a clearance distance of at least 600 millimetres.

    Charged is: Town of Picture Butte

    Date charges laid: April 27, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Picture Butte

    Date of alleged offence: July 16, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: A junior lifeguard on their first day at work sustained serious injuries after falling a distance of 3 metres into the deep end of the empty pool basin at the Cor Van Raay Community and Recreation Centre in the Town of Picture Butte.

    Contravention: The Town of Picture Butte is charged, being an employer, with 10 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure one of their workers, Worker 1, was aware of their rights and duties under the OHS Act, Regulations and Code.
    • Section 3(1)(b) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure Worker 2, also one of their workers, was aware of their rights and duties under the OHS Act, Regulations and Code.
    • Section 3(1)(b) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure Worker 2 was aware of the health and safety issues arising from the work being conducted at the work site.
    • Section 3(1)(d)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure Worker 2 was supervised by a person who was competent.
    • Section 3(1)(d)(ii) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure Worker 2 was supervised by a person who was familiar with the OHS Act, Regulations and Code that applied to the work performed at the work site.
    • Section 3(2)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure Worker 2 was trained in all matters necessary to protect their health and safety before they began performing a work activity.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure, where work was to be done that may endanger Worker 2 that they were competent to do the work or were working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 7(1) of the OHS Code, failure to assess a work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work began.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 139(1)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that a worker was protected from falling at a temporary or permanent work area where the worker could fall a vertical distance of 3 metres or more.

    Charged is: Emcon Services Inc.

    Date charges laid: March 8, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Mannville

    Date of alleged offence: December 16, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: Three workers were struck by a vehicle when conducting pot hole repairs on Highway 16.

    Contravention: Emcon Services Inc. was charged, as an employer, with four counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, who were struck by a car when working on a highway.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their workers by permitting them to work on a highway without a crash truck in circumstances where traffic was dangerous to them.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure they used a crash truck as a method of protection.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to protect workers from collision(s) by providing a barrier.

    Charged is: Emcon Services Inc.

    Date charges laid: January 20, 2022

    Location of alleged offence: Vegreville

    Date of alleged offence: October 6, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: Two Emcon operators were conducting machine service duties. One worker become lodged into a slow moving conveyor, causing a significant arm injury requiring hospitalization.

    Contravention: Emcon Services Inc. was charged, as an employer, with 8 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker, engaged in the work of that employer, by permitting the worker to work near moving parts of a sand mixing machine when it was unsafe to do so.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment, an Elrus sand mixing machine, was operated, handled, serviced, maintained, or repaired, in accordance with the specifications of a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications, which stated "lockout and test all energy sources before attempting any maintenance”.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure an Elrus sand mixing machine, was operated, handled, serviced, maintained, or repaired, in accordance with the specifications of a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications, which stated "maintain a safe distance from equipment during operation at all times".
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure an Elrus sand mixing machine, was operated, handled, serviced, maintained, or repaired, in accordance with the specifications of a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications, which stated "keep clear of head and tail pulleys and rollers while conveyor is in operation".
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure an Elrus sand mixing machine, was operated, handled, serviced, maintained, or repaired, in accordance with the specifications of a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications, which stated "do not: remove obstruction or attempt any maintenance while engine is running".
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure an Elrus sand mixing machine, was operated, handled, serviced, maintained, or repaired, in accordance with the specifications of a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications, which stated "do not: stand within a 15 metre (50 foot) radius of the machine when it is in operation”.
    • Section 212(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure, if machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment was to be serviced, repaired, tested, adjusted or inspected, that no worker performed such work on the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment, until it had come to a complete stop and all hazardous energy at the location at which the work was to be carried out was isolated by activation of an energy- isolating device and the energy-isolating device was secured in accordance with Section 214, 215 or 215.1 as designated by the employer or the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment was otherwise rendered inoperative in a manner that prevented its accidental activation and provided equal or greater protection than the protection afforded under Section 212(1)(a) contrary to Section 212(1) of the OHS Code.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidently, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment.
  • 2021

    Charged is: Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd.; Joseph Ogden

    Date charges laid: February 4, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Leduc

    Date of alleged offence: March 4, 2019

    Type: Fatality

    Description: Workers were conducting balcony repair duties on a fourth floor balcony when a worker fell into an unsecured railing. The worker fell off the balcony and sustained fatal injuries.

    Contravention: Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd. and Joseph Ogden are charged, as an employer, with 10 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer by failing to ensure that their worker was protected from the hazard of falling.
    • Section 3(2)(b) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure their worker was adequately trained in all matters necessary to protect their health and safety.
    • Section 13(4) of the OHS Regulation, where an adopted code imposed a duty on a worker, the duty to use a fall protection system as required by Section 139(8) of the OHS Code, failed to ensure their worker performed that duty.
    • Section 7(1) of the OHS Code, failure to assess its work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work began.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 139(1)(a) of the OHS Code, where a worker could fall a vertical distance of 3 metres or more, failed to ensure their worker was protected from falling at a temporary or permanent work area.
    • Section 140(1) of the OHS Code, where a worker could fall 3 metres or more and their worker was not protected by guardrails, failed to develop procedures that complied with part 9 of the OHS Code in a fall protection plan for the work site.
    • Section 141(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that their worker was trained in the safe use of a fall protection system in an area where a fall protection system must be used.
    • Section 185 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that a work site was kept clean and free from materials or equipment that could cause workers to slip or trip.
    • Section 315(3) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure a guardrail was secured so that it could not move in any direction if it was struck or if any point on it came into contact with a worker, materials or equipment.

    Charged is: Kikino Metis Settlement

    Date charges laid: December 13, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Kikino

    Date of alleged offence: March 10, 2020

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: A worker was assisting in the removal of ice damming and the relocation of rig mats. When a rig mat was pushed towards the worker, it struck the worker and caused serious injuries.

    Contravention: Kikino Metis Settlement, being an employer, was charged with three counts:

    • Section 7(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code, failure to assess a work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work began.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 258(1)(a) of the OHS Code, in circumstances where movement of a load, a rig mat, created a danger to workers, did permit a worker to remain within range of the load.

    Cross Borders Consulting Ltd.

    Date charges laid: November 29, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Edmonton

    Date of alleged offence: January 19, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A derrick hand was removing a pipe from the carousel of a sonic drilling rig when the pipe jammed. The derrick hand reached in to unjam the pipe and inadvertently activated the retract level, pinning the derrick hand between the carousel and pipe arm and causing fatal injuries.

    Contravention: Cross Borders Consulting Ltd. was charged, as an employer, with 15 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, Worker 1,  by preventing work using a broken, dysfunctional, or malfunctioning machine (or part of a machine).
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of worker(s), Worker 1, by preventing work occurring on a machine or combination of machines which were capable of movement.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of worker(s), Worker 1, by preventing the use of an inadequate or inappropriate tool.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of worker(s), Worker 1, by having in place a work procedure to deal with jamming.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of worker(s) by adequately supervising Worker 1 or stopping work if Worker 1 could not be adequately supervised.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of worker(s), Worker 1, by providing a safe means of escape and an effective warning system if a worker was to enter a space where a machine may move.
    • Section 12(1) of OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that all equipment used at a work site was maintained in a condition that would not compromise the health or safety of workers using or transporting it, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed, was of adequate strength for its purpose, and was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 9(2) of the OHS Code, failure to eliminate or control a hazard through the use of an engineering control where it was reasonably practicable to do so.
    • Section 212(1) of the OHS Code, where machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment was to be serviced, repaired, tested, adjusted or inspected, failed to ensure that no worker performed such work on the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment until it had come to a complete stop and (a) all hazardous energy at the location at which the work was to be carried out was isolated by activation of an energy‑isolating device and the energy–isolating device was secured in accordance with Section 214, 215, or 215.1 as designated by the employer, or (b) the machinery, equipment or powered mobile equipment was otherwise rendered inoperative in a manner that prevented its accidental activation and provided equal or greater protection than the protection afforded under (a), contrary to Section 212(1) of the OHS Code.
    • Section 260(3) of the OHS Code, where an inspection indicated that powered mobile equipment was potentially hazardous, failed to ensure that the health and safety of a worker who may be exposed to the hazard was protected immediately, that the powered mobile equipment was not operated until the defect was repaired or the condition was corrected, and that the defect was repaired or the unsafe condition corrected as soon as reasonably practicable.
    • Section 310(2) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with (a) moving parts of machinery or equipment, (g) machinery or equipment that could be hazardous due to its operation, or any other hazard.
    • Section 363 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that a worker was not in danger because the machines installed at a work site were close to each other or to a worker.
    • Section 365(2) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that an alarm system which effectively warned workers that the machine was about to start was installed if a machine operator did not have a clear view of the machine or parts of it from the control panel or operator’s station and moving machine parts could endanger workers.
    • Section 366(b) of the OHS Code, failure to install a positive means to prevent the activation of equipment if a part of the worker’s body was within the danger zone of the machine
    • Section 368(a) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that an operational control on equipment was designed, located or protected to prevent unintentional activation.

    Charged is: Trendwood Limited

    Date charges laid: November 23, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Edmonton

    Date of alleged offence: January 10, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A worker was fatally injured when run over by a rail car the worker was moving.

    Contravention: Trendwood Limited, being an employer, was charged with four counts:

    • Section 139(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code, failure to ensure that a worker was protected from falling, if a worker could fall at a temporary or permanent work area, a vertical distance of less than three metres if there was an unusual possibility of injury.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment, a moving train.
    • Section 310(2)(g) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with machinery or equipment that may be hazardous due to its operation, a moving train.          
    • Section 310(2)(h) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with any other hazard, a moving train.

    Charged is: SA Energy Group; Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited; Aecon Construction Group Inc.

    Date charges laid: October 20, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Edmonton

    Date of alleged offence: October 27, 2020

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A worker was fatally injured while a trench box was being disassembled in relation to pipeline activities.

    Contravention: SA Energy Group; Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited; and Aecon Construction Group Inc., being employers, were charged with 10 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, a worker engaged in the work of that employer, by failing to ensure that disassembly of a trench box was carried out safely.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1 by failing to train workers who were directed to disassemble a groundworks high arch trench box on how to disassemble that trench box in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to ensure workers who were directed to disassemble a groundworks high arch trench box knew how to disassemble that trench box in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
    • Section 7(1)(a) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that where the OHS Act, a Regulation or an Adopted Code required work to be done in accordance with a manufacturer's specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer, that the workers responsible for the work, dismantling a trench box, were familiar with the manufacturer's specifications.
    • Section 7(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that where the OHS Act, a Regulation or an Adopted Code required work to be done in accordance with a manufacturer's specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer, that the manufacturer's specifications were readily available to the workers responsible for the work, dismantling a trench box.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, where work was to be done that may endanger a worker, dismantling a trench box, failed to ensure that the work was done by a worker who was competent to do the work or by a worker working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that worker 1 was trained in the safe operation of equipment that the worker was required to operate, a trench box
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that worker 2 was trained in the safe operation of equipment that the worker was required to operate, a trench box.
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that worker 3 was trained in the safe operation of equipment that the worker was required to operate, a trench box.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that equipment, a groundworks trench box known as a groundworks high arch trench box, was dismantled in accordance with the specifications certified by a professional engineer or with the manufacturer's specifications.

    Charged is: Volker Stevin Contracting Ltd.; Michael Joseph O’Neill; Donald Neustaedter

    Date charges laid: September 27, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Airdrie

    Date of alleged offence: October 2, 2019

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A worker was fatally injured while working in a storm drain when run over by the work truck operated by another worker.

    Contravention: Volker Stevin Contracting Ltd. was charged, as an employer, with 26 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer, by failing to ensure their worker (worker 1) was not beyond the range of powered mobile equipment, a company truck, while performing work.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to ensure catch basin inspection and/or repair work was done safely.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to sufficiently or adequately train worker 1 and/or worker 2 in work around catch basins and powered mobile equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to develop, implement and enforce adequate administrative procedures or practices to eliminate or control hazards during work in or around catch basins and powered mobile equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to develop, implement and enforce adequate administrative procedures or practices to ensure safe work in confined spaces or restricted spaces.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to develop, implement and enforce adequate administrative procedures or practices to control vehicle traffic during work in or around catch basins and powered mobile equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to adequately supervise or direct worker 1 in the safe performance of work in or around catch basins and powered mobile equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to assess its work site and conduct a hazard assessment (H/A) before the work began.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, by failing to ensure worker 2 was adequately trained in the safe operation of powered mobile equipment, a company truck.
    • Section 13(1) of the Alberta Regulation, failure to ensure that if work was to be done that may endanger a worker, inspection and/or repair of catch basins, that the work was done by a worker competent to do the work or by a worker who was working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 13(4) of the Alberta Regulation, where a regulation or adopted Code imposed a duty, the duties imposed by Section 5(a) of the OHS Act, on a worker/s, worker 1 and/or worker 2, failed to ensure that the worker/s performed that duty.
    • Section 13(4) of the Alberta Regulation, where a regulation or adopted Code imposed a duty, the duties imposed by Section 258(2) of the adopted Code, on a worker, worker 1, failed to ensure the worker performed that duty.
    • Section 15(1) of the Alberta Regulation, failure to ensure a worker, worker 2, was trained in the safe operation of the equipment the worker was required to operate, a company truck, including the use of the equipment and the hazards specific to the operation of the equipment at the work site.
    • Section 7(1) of the OHS Code, failure to assess its work site and identify potential or existing hazards before work began at the work site.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of an H/A and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 7(3) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure the dates on which H/As were prepared were recorded on them.
    • Section 7(4)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to repeat any H/A at reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.
    • Section 8(1) of the OHS Code, failure to involve affected workers, worker 1 and/or worker 2 in an H/A, and in the control or elimination of hazards identified.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Code, where an existing or potential hazard to workers was identified during an H/A, failed to take measures in accordance with Section 9 of the OHS Code to eliminate the hazards, or, if elimination is not reasonably practicable, to control the hazard, contrary to Section 9(1) of the OHS Code.
    • Section 44(2)(c) of the OHS Code, where the employer had a written code of practice governing the practices and procedures to be followed when workers entered and worked in a confined space, failed to identify in its code of practice all existing and potential confined space work locations at a work site.
    • Section 45(a) of the OHS Code, where workers, worker 1 and/or worker 2, would enter a restricted space to work, a catch basin, the employer failed to appoint a competent person to identify and assess the hazards the workers were likely to be exposed to while in the restricted space.
    • Section 51 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that worker 1, in a restricted space, a catch basin, was protected from hazards created by traffic in the vicinity of the restricted space.
    • Section 194(1) of the OHS Code, where vehicle traffic at a work site was dangerous to a worker on foot, worker 1, failed to ensure that traffic was controlled to protect the worker.
    • Section 258(1)(a) of the OHS Code, where the movement of a part of powered mobile equipment, a company truck, created a danger to worker 1, permitted the worker to remain within range of the part.
    • Section 258(3)(a) of the OHS Code, where worker 1 could be caught between a moving part of a unit of powered mobile equipment and another object, failed to restrict entry to the area by workers.
    • Section 258(3)(b) of the OHS Code, where worker 1 could be caught between a moving part of a unit of powered mobile equipment and another object, failed to require the worker to maintain a clearance distance of at least 600 millimetres between the powered mobile equipment and the object.

    Michael Joseph O’Neill was charged with 4 counts:

    • Section 4(a)(ii) of the OHS Act, being a supervisor, failure to take all precautions necessary to protect the health and safety of a worker under his supervision, worker 1, by driving over worker 1 with a company vehicle while distracted.
    • Section 4(b) of the OHS Act, being a supervisor, failure to advise a worker under his supervision, worker 1, of all known or reasonably foreseeable hazards to health and safety in the area where worker 1 was performing work.
    • Section 5(a) of the OHS Act, being a worker engaged in an occupation, failed to take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of worker 1, another worker present while he was working, by failing to ensure that, while operating a company truck in the proximity of worker 1, worker 1 was not injured by the company truck.
    • Section 258(1)(b) of the OHS Code, being an operator, and where the movement of a part of powered mobile equipment, a company truck, created a danger to worker 1, moved the equipment where the worker was exposed to the danger.

    Donald Neustaedter was charged with 3 counts:

    • Section 4(a)(ii) of the OHS Act, being a supervisor, failure to take all precautions necessary to protect the health and safety of a worker under his supervision, worker 1, by failing to enforce the completion of Field Level Hazard Assessments on work sites where worker 1 was working.
    • Section 4(a)(iii) of the OHS Act, being a supervisor, failure to ensure that a worker under his supervision, worker 1, worked in the manner and in accordance with the procedures and measures required by this Act, the Regulations and the OHS Code.
    • Section 4(b) of the OHS Act, being a supervisor, failure to advise a worker under his supervision, worker 1, of all known or reasonably foreseeable hazards to health and safety in the area where worker 1 was performing work.

    Charged is: Inland Machining Services Ltd.

    Date charges laid: July 19, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Calgary

    Date of alleged offence: August 16, 2019

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A worker was operating a manual lathe to polish a work piece when the worker was drawn into the rotating work piece and entangled on it. The worker was fatally injured.

    Contravention: Inland Machining Services Ltd. was charged with 33 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer by failing to ensure the worker was protected from being injured while operating a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to ensure the worker was protected from injury by a safeguard while operating a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to develop, implement and monitor the implementation of a safe work practice or safe job procedure for the task of operating a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to adequately supervise or direct their worker in the safe performance of operating a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to assess their work site and conduct or repeat adequate or any hazard assessments (H/A) at reasonably practicable intervals in respect of the operation of a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to identify and control the hazard of injury to the worker while operating a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of their worker by failing to train the worker or maintain the worker’s sufficient competency in the safe operation of a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the health and safety their workers by failing to ensure they were protected from injury by a safeguard or safeguards while operating a Modern and/or a Poreba and/or a Nardini lathe machines for which they were intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a European Lion lathe machine, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Modern lathe machine, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Poreba lathe machine, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Nardini lathe machine, would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a European Lion lathe machine, was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Modern lathe machine, was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Poreba lathe machine, was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure equipment used at a work site, a Nardini lathe machine, was free from obvious defects.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that if work was to be done that may endanger a worker, operating a European lion lathe machine, that the work was done by a worker competent to do the work or by a worker who is working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure a worker was trained in the safe operation of the equipment the worker was required to operate, a European lion lathe machine, including the use of the equipment, the operator skills required by the manufacturer's specifications for the equipment and the hazards specific to the operation of the equipment at the work site.
    • Section 7(1) of the OHS Code, failure to assess their work site and identify potential or existing hazards before work began at the work site.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of an H/A and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 7(4)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to repeat any H/A at practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.
    • Section 8(1) of the OHS Code, failure to involve affected workers in an H/A and in the control or elimination of hazards identified.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Code, where an existing or potential hazard to workers was identified during an H/A, failed to take measures in accordance with OHS Code Section 9 to eliminate or control the hazards.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment, a European Lion lathe machine, was operated, handled, serviced, tested, adjusted, maintained or repaired in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications set out in the service manual for the lathe.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment, a European Lion lathe machine, was operated or handled in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications: "do not touch the spindle, chuck or work piece while they are in motion”.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure equipment, a Nardini lathe machine, was operated, handled, serviced, tested, adjusted, maintained or repaired in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications set out in the service manual for the lathe.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment, a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment, a Modern lathe machine.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment, a Poreba lathe machine.
    • Section 310(2)(a) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with moving parts of machinery or equipment, a Nardini lathe machine.
    • Section 310(2)(g) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with machinery or equipment that may be hazardous due to its operation, a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 310(2)(h) of the OHS Code, failure to provide safeguards if a worker could accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with a hazard, a revolving material being shaped on a European Lion lathe machine.
    • Section 312(2) of the OHS Code, where machinery in OHS Code Section 312(1), a European Lion lathe, was operated without safeguards, the employer failed to ensure that a worker operating the machine wore personal protective equipment that was appropriate to the hazard and offered protection equal to or greater than that offered by the safeguards, contrary to section 312(2) of the OHS Code.

    Charged is: Precision Drilling Corporation; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, Carrying on Business Under the Firm Name and Style of Precision Drilling; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, through its’ general partner Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Vanoco Consulting Ltd.; Codeco-Vanoco Engineering Inc.; Vanoco Supervision Ltd.; and Whitecap Resources Inc.

    Date charges laid: March 3, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Municipal District of Greenview

    Date of alleged offence: March 10, 2019

    Type: Fatality

    Description: A floor hand was assisting the rig manager and the wellsite supervisor to move a skid mounted pump house. The floor hand, standing between the bulldozer and the pump house, was hooking a tow chain from the skid of the pump house to the ripper tooth on the bulldozer. The wellsite supervisor, operating the bulldozer, inadvertently backed into the floor hand and pinned the floor hand between the dozer and the pump house causing fatal injuries.

    Contravention: Precision Drilling Corporation; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, carrying on business under the firm name and style of Precision Drilling; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, through its’ general partner Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Vanoco Consulting Ltd.; Codeco-Vanoco Engineering Inc.; Vanoco Supervision Ltd.; and Whitecap Resources Inc., being the employer, were charged with:

    • Section 3(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure, by means of a pre-job safety meeting with all the workers involved in the work, the safety of workers engaged in the work of that employer, workers not engaged in the work of that employer but present at the work site at which that work is being carried out and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, who may have been affected by hazards originating in the work site.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to require and enforce the use of adequate and appropriate equipment and materials.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to implement a safe work procedure for moving pump houses.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to implement and enforce administrative controls or workplace rules or directions or training.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to prevent a person who was not sufficiently competent from operating equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to adequately supervise workers or stop the work if they could not work safely.
    • Section 3(1)(a) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure the safety of workers and other persons at or in the vicinity of the work site, including worker 1, by failing to require workers or supervisors to maintain an adequate state of alertness, calmness or sobriety.

    And further that:

    Vanoco Consulting Ltd.; Codeco-Vanoco Engineering Inc.; Vanoco Supervision Ltd.; and Whitecap Resources Inc., being the contractor, were charged with:

    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of a pre-job safety meeting with all the workers involved in the work, that every work site where an employer, employer’s worker or self-employed person worked pursuant to a contract with the contractor, and every work process or procedure performed at a work site by an employer, employer’s worker or self-employed person pursuant to a contract with the contractor that was under the control of the contractor did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of requiring and enforcing the use of adequate and appropriate equipment and materials, that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of implementing a safe work procedure for moving pump houses that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of implementing and enforcing administrative controls or workplace rules or directions or training, that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of preventing a person who was not sufficiently competent from operating equipment, that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of adequately supervising workers or stopping the work if they could not work safely, that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.
    • Section 9(1) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure, by means of requiring workers or supervisors to maintain an adequate state of alertness, calmness or sobriety, that every work site did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person, including worker 1.

    And further that:

    Precision Drilling Corporation; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, carrying on business under the firm name and style of Precision Drilling; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, through its’ general partner Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp., being the employer, were charged with:

    • Section 12(1)(c) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that equipment used at a work site, a chain, was of adequate strength for its purpose.

    And further that:

    Precision Drilling Corporation; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, carrying on business under the firm name and style of Precision Drilling; Precision Drilling Canada Limited Partnership, a Partnership, through its’ general partner Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp.; Vanoco Consulting Ltd.; Codeco-Vanoco Engineering Inc.; Vanoco Supervision Ltd.; and Whitecap Resources Inc., being the employer, were charged with:

    • Section 13(4) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that if a regulation or adopted code, Section 256(1) of the OHS Code, imposed a duty on a worker, to worker 2 or worker 3, the worker’s employer was to ensure that the worker performed that duty.
    • Section 13(4) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that if a regulation or adopted code, Section 256(3) of the OHS Code, imposed a duty on a worker, worker 2 or worker 3, the worker’s employer was to ensure that the worker performed that duty.
    • Section 258(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that if the movement of a load or the cab, counterweight or any other part of powered mobile equipment created a danger to workers, the employer not permit a worker to remain within range of the moving load or part.
    • Section 258(3) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that if a worker could be caught between a moving part of a unit of powered mobile equipment and another object, the employer must restrict entry to the area by workers, or require workers to maintain a clearance distance of at least 600 millimetres between the powered mobile equipment and the object.
    • Section 13(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that if work was to be done that could endanger a worker, the work was done by a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 15(1) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that a worker was trained in the safe operation of the equipment the worker was required to operate.
    • Section 189 of the OHS Code, failure to take all reasonable steps to ensure that equipment or material was contained, restrained or protected to eliminate the potential danger if a worker could be injured if equipment or material, a bulldozer or similar item, was dislodged, moved, spilled or damaged.
    • Section 13(4) of the OHS Regulation, failure to ensure that if a regulation or adopted code, Section 367(2) of the OHS Code, imposed a duty on a worker, worker 3, the worker’s employer was to ensure that the worker performed that duty.
    • Section 368 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that an operational control on equipment, a bulldozer or similar item, was designed, located or protected to prevent unintentional activation and if appropriate was suitably identified to indicate the nature or function of the control.

    Charged is: Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd.; Joseph Ogden

    Date charges laid: February 4, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Leduc

    Date of alleged offence: March 4, 2019

    Type: Fatality

    Description: Workers were conducting balcony repair duties on a fourth floor balcony when a worker fell into an unsecured railing. The worker fell off the balcony and sustained fatal injuries.

    Contravention: Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd. and Joseph Ogden are charged, as an employer, with 10 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, failure to ensure the health and safety of a worker engaged in the work of that employer by failing to ensure that their worker was protected from the hazard of falling.
    • Section 3(2)(b) of the OHS Act, failure to ensure their worker was adequately trained in all matters necessary to protect their health and safety.
    • Section 13(4) of the OHS Regulation, where an adopted code imposed a duty on a worker, the duty to use a fall protection system as required by Section 139(8) of the OHS Code, failed to ensure their worker performed that duty.
    • Section 7(1) of the OHS Code, failure to assess its work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work began.
    • Section 7(2) of the OHS Code, failure to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified.
    • Section 139(1)(a) of the OHS Code, where a worker could fall a vertical distance of 3 metres or more, failed to ensure their worker was protected from falling at a temporary or permanent work area.
    • Section 140(1) of the OHS Code, where a worker could fall 3 metres or more and their worker was not protected by guardrails, failed to develop procedures that complied with part 9 of the OHS Code in a fall protection plan for the work site.
    • Section 141(1) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that their worker was trained in the safe use of a fall protection system in an area where a fall protection system must be used.
    • Section 185 of the OHS Code, failure to ensure that a work site was kept clean and free from materials or equipment that could cause workers to slip or trip.
    • Section 315(3) of the OHS Code, failure to ensure a guardrail was secured so that it could not move in any direction if it was struck or if any point on it came into contact with a worker, materials or equipment.

    Charged is: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.

    Date charges laid: January 18, 2021

    Location of alleged offence: Entwistle

    Date of alleged offence: February 11, 2019

    Type: Serious Incident

    Description: Several fires broke out during a scheduled shutdown at the pellet manufacturing plant. Despite efforts to extinguish the fires, a large explosion occurred within the dryer that resulted in injuries to both workers and contractors.

    Contravention: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. was charged with 36 counts:

    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of worker 1, a worker engaged in the work of that employer.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their worker, worker 2.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their worker, worker 3.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their worker, worker 4.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their worker, worker 5.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure that their pellet manufacturing plant system maintenance was performed safely.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of safe design or adaptation of their pellet manufacturing plant process and equipment.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of appropriate and sufficient engineering controls.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure by means of appropriate and sufficient administrative controls.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure that all pellet manufacturing plant system components and equipment were maintained in a condition that would not compromise the health and safety of workers.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure that all pellet manufacturing plant system components and equipment would safely perform the functions for which they were intended or designed.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to ensure that workers were protected from fire and/or explosion on their work site.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to comply with The Alberta Fire Code, 1997. The Alberta Fire Code is adopted under Section 3 of the OHS Code.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to comply with their Fire Safety Plan of June 2018.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of appropriate and sufficient firefighting equipment and supplies.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of appropriate and sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of appropriate and sufficient firefighting supervision and training.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by failing to adequately supervise or direct them in the safe performance of their work on the work site.
    • Section 3(1)(a)(i) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure the health and safety of their workers by means of the provision of appropriate and sufficient firefighting capability.
    • Section 3(2) of the OHS Act, being an employer, failed to ensure that workers were adequately trained in all matters necessary to protect their health and safety.
    • Section 8(a) of the OHS Act, being an owner, failed to ensure the infrastructure and any building or premises on the land under their control, were provided and maintained in a manner that did not endanger the health and safety of workers. Pinnacle was and remains the registered “owner” of the land on which the pelleting plant is built, as defined in Section 1 OHSA 2017.
    • Section 9(1)(a) of the OHS Act, being a contractor, failed to ensure the work site where an employer’s worker worked pursuant to a contract with the contractor that was under the control of the contractor, did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person. The work site was under the control of Pinnacle at all times.
    • Section 9(1)(b) of the OHS Act, being a contractor, failed to ensure every work process or procedure performed at the work site by an employer’s worker pursuant to a contract with the contractor that was under the control of the contractor, did not create a risk to the health and safety of any person.
    • Section 10(5)(b) of the OHS Act, being a prime contractor, failed to coordinate, organize and oversee the performance of all work at the work site to ensure that no person was exposed to hazards arising out of, or in connection with, activities at the work site.
    • Section 12(1)(a) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure equipment used at a work site was maintained in a condition that would not compromise the health or safety of workers using it.
    • Section 12(1)(b) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure equipment used at a work site would safely perform the function for which it was intended or was designed.
    • Section 12(1)(d) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure equipment used at a work site, was free from an obvious defect.
    • Section 13(1) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure if work was to be done that may endanger a worker, the work was done by a worker competent to do the work or by a worker who was working under the direct supervision of a worker who was competent to do the work.
    • Section 13(3) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure workers who could be required to use safety equipment or PPE were competent in the application, care, use, maintenance and limitations of that equipment.
    • Section 15(1) of Alberta Regulation, being an employer, failed to ensure workers were trained in the safe operation of the equipment the workers were required to operate.
    • Section 12(d) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to ensure that equipment, the components of their pellet manufacturing plant, were erected, installed, assembled, operated, handled, serviced, tested, adjusted, calibrated, maintained, and repaired in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or the specifications certified by a professional engineer.
    • Section 116(c) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to ensure that their emergency response plan (ERP) included the identification of, location of and operational procedures for emergency equipment.
    • Section 116(d) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to ensure their ERP included the emergency response training requirements.
    • Section 116(h) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to ensure their ERP included the first aid services required.
    • Section 116(j) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to ensure their ERP included the designated rescue and evacuation workers.
    • Section 118(1) of the OHS Code, being an employer, failed to provide workers designated under Section 117 of the OHS Code with personal protective clothing and equipment appropriate to the work site and the potential emergencies identified in the ERP.

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