Company charged in relation to incident in which worker severely burned

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CABO Drilling (Atlantic) Corp. has been charged in connection with an incident March 11, 2011, when a worker suffered severe burns to his face and hands when the drilling machine he was operating caught fire.

In a news release today, Service NL said the company has been charged with eight violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

The incident occurred at the Duck Pond Mine Site, approximately 80 km from Badger.

The company is alleged to have failed as an employer to provide a safe workplace, as well as ensuring workers are made familiar with hazards and ensuring that work procedures promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment.

Other charges relate to ensuring that machine maintenance is done according to the manufacturer’s instructions, machinery is effectively safeguarded to protect workers from the risk of exposure to an energy source and an ignition source is controlled or eliminated where a flammable substance is present.

The first court appearance is scheduled for April 3 at provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Organizations: CABO Drilling, Service NL, Duck Pond Mine Site

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor

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  • carogers
    March 25, 2013 - 16:31

    2011 - 2013 It does not take that long to determine the company is at fault. Health and safety is never a priorty in most companies dispite what they say it is only lip servce.. The workers knew the situation was not safe, anyone visiting that site for business purposes were not blind to the truth either. Everyone is always well aware of the safety issues at their workplaces. Raising your concerns results in riducule, or less hours or passed over for better positions, then to add insult it injury, after the accident occurs, Service Canada takes two years to see what everyone else knew all along. Not enough safety measures being implemented. Just trying to get companies to abide by good housekeeping and keep work areas clear, fire doors unobstructed, first aid kits re stocked, hire staff to clean their workplaces etc. just every day stuff. It is not a stretch to see more serious hazards not addressed and workers injured. We need the current OHS laws to have some teeth.

  • Jack
    March 25, 2013 - 13:00

    Is it just me or Service Newfoundland and Labrador are taking too long to impose criminal charges on companies violating Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations and jeopardizing rights to a fair trial in the process? In some cases, charges are issued more than two years after a workplace accident, meaning that Service NL are not only breaking the law in violating the typical 2 year Statute of Limitations, but also denies the alleged offender a right to a fair trial. Keep in mind that the Statute of Limitations are there for a reason. For starters, it gives offenders a right to a fair and impartial trial as they are not put in a judicial disadvantage like Service NL are doing now, and ensures that important information are not forgotten. Keep in mind that memories fade over time. Service NL, from now on, to ensure everyone has a fair trial and Statute of Limitations are not violated, impose charges to offenders on a timely manner and not two years after the incident. In other words, like the Police, impose charges as soon as possible, and not wait two or more years so that justice is imposed in a fair manner and the accused is not caught off guard.