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Peter Kiewit tops list of B.C. employers penalized for safety violations

Peter Kiewit tops list of B.C. employers penalized for safety violations.

British Columbia employers who seriously violated health and safety rules on the job site — including incidents that resulted in the deaths of 17 workers — were fined a total of $4.9 million last year by WorkSafeBC.

In all, the provincial work-safety agency handed out 352 penalties to 289 individual employers in 2011, with penalty amounts ranging from $700 to $250,000.

The highest penalty was imposed against Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. in connection to the February 2009 death of 24-year-old Samuel Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick was crushed by a large rock that came loose as he was hand drilling a boulder to prepare it for blasting at a worksite near Powell River.

An inspection report made public by WorkSafeBC states the company “committed high-risk violations knowingly, or in reckless disregard” of health and safety obligations.

Kiewit has since appealed the penalty, and the case ( read more … )

Source: Vancouver Sun

 

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