Sask. company fined $70,000 after worker seriously injured

A Saskatchewan company has been fined $70,000 after a worker was seriously injured on the job.

Sunterra Horticulture Inc. pleaded guilty to one violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in Yorkton Provincial Court.

The company was fined after an incident in September 2021 near Hyas, in which a worker was seriously injured while attempting to dislodge a pallet and bale of peat moss.

“The company was fined for contravening clause 3-1 (a) of the regulations (being an employer at a place of employment, failing to provide and maintain plant, systems of work and working environments that ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer’s workers, resulting in the serious injury of a worker),” the Government of Saskatchewan said in a media release.

The court imposed a fine of $50,000 with a surcharge of $20,000 for a total amount of $70,000, with one additional charge being withdrawn.

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