Barry Group Inc. was sentenced in Harbour Grace Provincial Court Thursday after pleading guilty to two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Service Newfoundland and Labrador said in a news release, charges were laid in May 2012, following an investigation carried out by the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Division.
The incident occurred at the wharf in Harbour Grace in August 2010 and involved a worker who was a fisherman, but not a company employee. The man was struck by a forklift and sustained serious injuries, which resulted in his mobility being severely restricted.
The company pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure that the maintenance of the forklift met the requirements of the applicable CSA standard and received a $10,000 fine.
It also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to conduct the undertaking, so that persons not in its employ were not exposed to hazards, and must pay a $25,000 fine.
In addition, the company is to make a $5,000 contribution to the minister of Service NL for the purpose of public education, for a total of $40,000 in penalties.
The remaining two charges against the company were withdrawn, as was a single charge against the company supervisor.