Fishing company facing charges in connection with crewmember’s death

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Ocean Choice International Inc. has been charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in connection with the death of a 27-year-old crewman aboard a fishing vessel offshore Newfoundland in February 2012.

The incident occurred as the Katsheshuk II was en route from the Funk Island Bank to Bay Roberts.

The man, from St. Anthony, was killed after being struck by a steel door while exiting a shrimp holding tank on the factory deck of the vessel. The deceased had just inspected the tank that had previously been cleaned by another worker.

A news release states the company has been charged with eight violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations which relate generally to its failure as an employer to provide a safe workplace and to provide training and supervision.

The company has also been charged with failure to ensure that powered equipment has controls positioned to prevent inadvertent activation, to ensure machinery is locked out prior to maintenance being conducted, and to ensure that a worker does not enter a confined space until the worker is qualified to do so, safety precautions are documented, and an attendant is in place.

A first appearance in provincial court in St. John’s is scheduled for Feb. 17.



Organizations: Funk Island Bank

Geographic location: Bay Roberts

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Recent comments

  • Trina Pike-Reynolds
    January 24, 2014 - 17:35

    No justice will ever do and it's about time someone is held accountable for Aaron's tragedy..Justice needs to be found for a life that was taken from us way too soon and served for something that was very much preventable.

  • boat lander
    January 24, 2014 - 14:38

    Transport Canada should be doing surprise visits with the company on those boats.

  • Steve
    January 24, 2014 - 11:39

    RIP Aaron. It took two years to charge them, I wonder how long OCI will drag this out in the Courts instead of accepting responsibility?