Drilling firm fined for safety violation in SE Saskatchewan

An Alberta-based employer working at a site in southeast Saskatchewan was fined after they pleaded guilty to charges under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, this week.

On September 9, 2019, Trinidad Drilling Ltd. of Calgary, Alta., pleaded guilty to contravening subsection 19(4) of the regulations, which states, being an employer, “fail to ensure that no worker is permitted to perform work unless the worker has sufficient experience, to perform the work safely and in compliance with the Act and the Regulations or is under close and competent supervision”, resulting in the serious injury of a worker. One additional charge was stayed.

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Charges stemmed from a worksite incident that occurred on June 4, 2017, near Torquay.  A worker was injured when a pressurized hose came into contact with a rotating pipe.

The company was fined $200,000 plus a surcharge of $80,000 in Estevan Provincial Court on January 13, 2020.