B.C. employers fined for fall protection violations

Companies must pay over $11,100 in total

B.C. employers fined for fall protection violations

Three more British Columbia employers have been charged for fall protection violations in the workplace.

Kalan Constructions Ltd. was fined $6,122.42 for errors made while installing siding at a three-storey house under construction in Maple Ridge. 

One worker was completing exterior finishing work from a manufactured scaffold system. However, the scaffold lacked guardrails and no other form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to a fall risk of about 6.1 m (20 ft.), according to WorkSafeBC.

“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a high-risk violation. The firm also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both repeated violations,” said the agency.

Previously, Ontario Inc. – operating as Truly Green – was fined $70,000 after one of its workers fell into a rotating shaft and suffered critical injuries.

Can Won Consulting Ltd. was also charged $2,500.00 for violations it committed while providing framing services for the construction of a residential complex in Vancouver.

WorkSafeBC found that when one worker was constructing a pony wall at the leading edge of the third level of one of the buildings, no form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to a fall risk of about 7.9 m (26 ft.). 

The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a repeated and high-risk violation, according to the agency.

Previously, Performance Insulation Inc. in Manitoba was fined $15,000 for failing to avoid a fall that seriously injured one worker. The worker stepped off the edge of an unguarded stairwell and fell approximately 10.5 feet.

Being Human Framing Ltd. was also tasked to pay $2,500 for violations it committed while working on the construction of a new house in Surrey.

At that time, two of the firm’s workers were conducting framing work at the leading edge of the third floor with no form of fall protection in place. 

This exposed the workers, one of whom was a representative of the firm, to a fall risk of about 6.4 m (21 ft.), according to WorkSafeBC.

“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a high-risk violation. The firm also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both repeated violations,” it said.

Rainbow Siding Ltd., Global Gutters Ltd., Online Constructors Ltd. and AM PM Landscaping & Tree Service Ltd. are also among employers previously charged for fall protection violations in the workplace.

 

 

Recent articles & video

'We need to have the competence to question:' LegalTech panel on genAI fakes in the legal system

MPD Law Firm LLP appears in $20-million commercial case

BC court orders new hearing on worker’s mental disorder claim due to expert's incomplete information

Tax Court of Canada rules against additional 15 percent tax on dividends to Luxembourg shareholders

BC Supreme Court rejects husband’s claim against wife’s counsel over family home sale proceeds

Ontario Superior Court dismisses medical malpractice lawsuit due to lack of expert evidence

Most Read Articles

BC Supreme Court rejects husband’s claim against wife’s counsel over family home sale proceeds

Survey shows many Canadians not keeping track of financial information crucial for estate planning

Sharing news website subscription password not copyright infringement, finds Federal Court

Lawyer salaries may vary more in wake of competition law changes: recruiter report