Crown, defence agree on $90,000 fine recommendation after crewman’s death

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Both sides agree a $90,000 fine is appropriate after Katsheshuk Fisheries pleaded guilty Thursday to two Occupational Health and Safety charges, including failure to provide necessary safety training. The charges were among several laid after a crew member was killed in February 2012.

Katsheshuk II

The Katsheshuk II was steaming from the Funk Island Bank to Bay Roberts.

A 27-year-old man from St. Anthony was killed after being struck by a steel hydraulic door while getting out of 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.

Court has heard one of the men accidentally flipped a switch that closed the door.

The employee who turned on the machinery said he had never been instructed on how to stop the doors in the event of an emergency.

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

Provincial court Judge David Orr is expected to deliver a sentence Aug. 25.

Ocean Choice International Inc. (OCI) had also been charged, but the Crown withdrew charges against that company.

Organizations: Funk Island Bank, OCI

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, St. Anthony

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