On February 8, 2018, Guy March Bales of Zealandia, Saskatchewan was found guilty in Rosetown Provincial Court of three counts under occupational health and safety legislation. The Court imposed a total fine of $3,150. Bales was found guilty of: • contravening section 91 of the regulations by failing to ensure that workers wear approved industrial protective headwear; • contravening subsection 116(2) of the regulations by failing to ensure that workers use a fall protection system at a work area where a worker may fall three metres or more; and • contravening subsection 116(1) of the regulations by failing to develop a written fall protection plan where a worker may fall three metres or more and is not protected by a guardrail or similar barrier.
On June 22, 2016, an officer conducted an inspection at a worksite in Rosetown, Saskatchewan where workers were observed not using fall or personal protective equipment. Fortunately, no one was injured. Legislation states where there is a risk of injury to the head of a worker, an employer or contractor shall provide approved industrial protective headwear and require a worker to use it. For more information about the proper care of headwear please see the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s fact sheet at: www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/prevention/ppe/headwear.html