Steel fabricator charged with occupational health and safety violations

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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.

Organizations: Steelfab Industries, Occupational Health and Safety Branch

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  • Jack
    February 05, 2013 - 15:37

    Why does it seem that Service NL constantly take a long time to press Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against offenders? Over the last year, I notice that Service NL impose criminal charges one or two years after a mishap occurs, not immediate or in a timely manner like the Police. In the future, if Occupational Health and Safety Act charges are imposed, issue them in less than year after the incident, not two years. Otherwise, shame on Service NL for not giving alleged offenders a fair trial.