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Local firms fined by WorkSafeBC
Several Richmond firms were among the 47 who recently faced a total of 51 penalties imposed by WorkSafeBC.
Released Friday, administrative penalties are published every two months in WorkSafe Magazine, with the information listed by penalties and industry sector, with the inclusion of names, penalty amounts, descriptions and locations of the violations.
Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd/Richply was fined $15,000 last April in connection with an accident that caused serious injury.
A worker for the plywood firm was adjusting a valve on a saw when he was struck by parts of the saw and seriously injured.
A WorkSafe investigation found that the firm "failed to ensure that the saw was fitted with adequate safeguards to protect workers from contact with its hazardous power transmission parts."
According to the explanation of the fine, the firm had failed to provide an emergency stopping system on its conveyor a few days prior to the accident.
"The emergency stopping system was required because workers' access to the conveyor was not prevented by guarding. These were repeated violations of safeguarding and the conveyor requirements," according to WorkSafeBC.
Four firms were also fined for workers not wearing fall protection equipment.
In early April, AAG Construction Ltd. was fined $3,670.70 for multiple safety violations, including four workers who lacked the required fall protection equipment as they worked between nine and 11 metres above grade on the house's unguarded roof.
Also in April, Seven Star Precision Construction Ltd. was fined $2,973.38 when two of its workers, including the company principal, were working without fall protection equipment on a steep two-storey house under construction.
"They were about six metres above grade and working near the edge of the roof, which was not guarded. The workers wore fall protection harnesses, but were not connected to lifelines...This was a repeated violation," said WorkSafeBC.
Serpentine Cedar Roofing Ltd. was fined $12,334.84 last April when the company's supervisor and one other worker were some seven metres above grade on a steep roof.
"The air hoses and loose shingles that were on the roof increased the workers' risk of tripping and falling. The concrete and stacked roofing materials on the ground below increased their risk of serious injury in the vent of a fall. The firm failed to ensure its workers used the required fall protection, which was a repeated violation. The firm also failed to provide its workers with the supervision required to ensure their safety," WorkSafeBC published this month.
Last May, Topsong Industries Inc. was fined $5,000 relating to workers not wearing fall-protection equipment.
"The firm's principal and four of its other workers were working without the required fall protection on the sloped roof of a two-storey house. They were at least 5.5 metres above grade. The firm failed to ensure its workers used the required fall protection and failed to provide them with the training and supervision needed to ensure their safety. These were both repeated violations."
Fairway Disposal and Demolition Ltd. was fined $12,603.30 failing to comply with a safety order.
"The firm had used concrete blocks to create a temporary structure to contain waste. The waste was piled to the top of one of the structure's walls, which was about 3.5 metres high and leaning outward. An excavator was operated on top of the waste, near the wall."
When WorkSafeBC ordered the firm to obtain certification from an engineer stating that the structure was capable of withstanding the stresses likely to be imposed on it, the firm "failed to comply within a reasonable time."