Case of fishing company charged after crew member killed set over to April

Rosie Mullaley
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More information involving Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd. expected from Crown

The lawyer for a fishing company charged after the death of a crew member in 2012 indicated Tuesday that there was more evidence to come in the case.

When the case of Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd. was called in provincial court, defence lawyer Twila Reid told the judge that the Crown’s office has more information on the case.

She suggested setting the case over for a few months to allow her time to receive that information and review it.

Judge Pamela Goulding and prosecutor Shawn Patten agreed.

The case will be back in court April 14.

The company was charged with eight violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including failure to provide a safe workplace and to provide training and supervision, 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.

The charges were laid in connection with an incident in February 2012 as the Katsheshuk II was en route from the Funk Island Bank to Bay Roberts.

A 27-year-old 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.

He had just inspected the tank that had previously been cleaned by another worker.

Ocean Choice International Inc. (OCI) had also been charged, but the Crown opted to withdraw charges against that company last month.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Katsheshuk Fisheries, Funk Island Bank, Choice International OCI

Geographic location: St. Anthony

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