Government of Saskatchewan issues reminder to wear fall protection, avoid fines

Roofing company fined after complaint lodged

Employers and workers in Saskatchewan are reminded to wear appropriate protective equipment and fall protection when working three metres or higher off the ground. This reminder stems from a recent occupational health and safety prosecution against Royal Roofing Contractor. 

On June 21, 2016, Royal Roofing Contractor pleaded guilty to two counts under occupational health and safety legislation and was fined $3,500.

Charges included failure to ensure that workers wear approved industrial protective headwear (section 91); and failure to ensure workers use a fall protection system at a work area where a worker may fall three metres or more (subsection 116(2).

Two other charges were stayed, said the government.

Charges stem from a complaint-based inspection where workers were seen working on a two-storey structure in Regina without any fall protection equipment. 

Employers are required to ensure that all workers are protected against falling in accordance with section 116 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.

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