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Oliver company fined $27K by WorkSafeBC

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May 10, 2021 - 7:30 PM

A roofing company working in Oliver was fined more than $27,000 for failing to ensure its employees had adequate fall protection.

WorkSafeBC fined Atlas-Apex Roofing BC Inc. $27,144 on April 9 after an inspector observed one worker near the edge of a roof without a personal fall protection system, according to a report.

The employee was working on the flat roof of a commercial building to repair a leak and was exposed to a fall risk of 4.9 metres.

WorkSafeBC said in the report that the firm said it was using a control zone system of fall protection but no written fall protection plan had been prepared for the use of the control zone and safety monitor system. Other methods of fall protection were also deemed as providing safer options for the worksite.

“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a repeated and high-risk violation,” WorkSafeBC reported on April 30, 2021.

In another case, KSN Construction Ltd. was fined $5,000 on April 21 by WorkSafeBC after inspectors observed a worker installing sheathing on a sloped roof on a new house in Osoyoos.

The worker was wearing a fall protection harness but was not connected to a lifeline. No other form of fall protection was in place, exposing the worker to fall risks up to 6.1 m.

WorkSafeBC inspectors also determined there was not first aid kit or qualified attendant available on site.

“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used, a high-risk violation. The firm also failed to provide first aid services as required. These were both repeated violations,” WorkSafeBC reported.


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