Five local firms slapped with fines for health and safety violations

WorkSafeBC this week issued a list of Lower Mainland firms who received administrative penalties for health and safety violations of the Workers Compensation Act and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Making the list were five Richmond firms.

Avjot Construction Co. Ltd. was fined $1,481.74 for failing to provide WorkSafeBC with two written compliance reports after being ordered to do so.

The first report was to clearly lay out how the firm would comply with WorkSafeBC’s order to provide the firm’s workers with the supervision needed to ensure they were protected from falls.

The second report was to detail how the firm would comply with an order to ensure that any materials, tools or equipment carried in a part of a vehicle where its workers were riding, were secured in order to prevent injury.

Atlas Roofing Ltd. was fined $2,500 in September after two of its workers were working without the required fall protection while they re-roofing a house. It was a repeated violation.

L&M Roofing Ltd. was fined $15,000 in August when the firm’s principal and one worker were 22 feet above grade as they rolled membrane onto a steep sheathed roof. While the workers were wearing harnesses, neither was connected to an anchor point.

The smooth membrane surface and plywood increased the slipping risk, as did the rain that was falling at the time. This was the third such fine in three years for the company.

Richmond’s Hans Demolition & Excavating Ltd. was fined $15,081.48 for failing to ensure that documents showing the location of asbestos-containing materials were available on site before the demolition work began. This was a repeated violation.

Asbestos-containing drywall was also found in post-demolition debris, which demonstrated the firm’s failure to safely contain or remove all hazardous materials prior to demolition work.

Richmond’s CSR Environmental Ltd. was fined $2,500 last August after the firm was issued a clearance letter stating that a house was safe for demolition, even though asbestos-containing dust, debris and drywall remained inside. CSR was also fined $2,500 for several health and safety violations at a house where the firm carried out asbestos-removal work.

“For example, asbestos debris that the firm had failed to safely contain or remove was found in all areas of the house. The firm used unacceptable procedures for handling and control of asbestos, as was shown by its failure to build an airtight enclosure and its failure to use adequate amounts of water when removing asbestos-containing materials,” WorkSafeBC wrote.

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