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Penticton auto dealership fined in workplace death

Quin Cormier with his wife Jennifer. Quin was killed in a workplace accident at Skaha Ford in April, 2017.
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April 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

PENTICTON - A Penticton auto dealership has been fined over $31,000 by Worksafe B.C. for high-risk violations following a workplace death at the facility two years ago.

Quin Cormier, 36, was killed while working as a detailer at Skaha Ford in Penticton on April 28, 2017, when he was pinned between an SUV that was backing out of a service bay and a parked pickup truck.

On March 21, the car dealership was slapped with a $31,611 administrative fine for failing to ensure adequate safe work procedures in hazardous work areas and failing to provide workers with the information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure health and safety, according to Worksafe B.C.

Worksafe B.C. said in an incident investigation report released last July that Skaha Ford’s workers were not being adequately supervised or adequately instructed about their job responsibilities and corporate policies. It was also determined the firm had an inadequate safety management system, and workers had not been instructed about the safe movement of vehicles in the shop area.

No policies were in place relating to speed, safety signage, or sounding the horn before reversing the vehicle, and the dealership failed to ensure there were adequate work procedures in place to minimize the possibility of a collision in hazardous work areas, Worksafe said.

Skaha Ford has not immediately responded to a request for comment.


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