Steelfab Industries Ltd. has been charged with violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations in relation to an industrial accident in January, 2011.
Service NL said in a news release today the charges are the result of an investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Branch. The incident occurred at the company facility at St. Anne’s Crescent and involved a worker who was assigned to paint a fabricated trailer. The positioning hook used to lift and hold the trailer in place broke, resulting in the trailer striking the worker and knocking him to the ground. He suffered soft tissue injuries to his side and back and required stitches to his head.
The company has been charged with six violations of the regulations, relating generally to its alleged failure as an employer to provide a safe workplace and equipment capable of safely performing the functions for which it is intended.
Service NL says the company also failed to ensure that unsafe conditions found during an inspection, which was required to be undertaken by the employer, were not addressed. In addition, it says the company failed to ensure that a hook on a lifting device incorporated a safety latch and that the working load limit of rigging fittings was known.
The company’s second court appearance was Monday and a third appearance is scheduled for Feb. 28 at provincial court in St. John’s.