City of Saskatoon pleads guilty under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations

The City of Saskatoon has pleaded guilty to one charge under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations and been fined a total of $10,500.

The City pleaded guilty to contravening sections 263(1) and 260(2)(a) of the regulations for failure to ensure workers were protected from cave-ins of sliding material in a trench. The municipality was fined $7,500 plus a $3,000 victim fine surcharge.

An additional charge against the city was stayed in court.

The charges arose after an Occupational Health Officer conducted a routine inspection of a worksite in Saskatoon in early September, 2008.

This marks the 12th conviction for violations of Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety legislation in 2010-11, compared with a total of 11 in the previous year.

OHS conducts approximately 4,000 worksite inspections annually to ensure standards are known, understood and enforced.

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