Horizon Drilling and Great Western Tong Services fined for workplace injury

Regina – Two out-of-province companies were fined for Occupational Health and Safety violations after pleading guilty in Weyburn Provincial Court on January 15, 2019.

Western Energy Services Corp., operating as Horizon Drilling, of Calgary, pleaded guilty to contravening subsection 17(1)(a) of the regulations (being an employer, fail to ensure that all work at a place of employment is sufficiently and competently supervised, resulting in a serious injury to a worker).  The company was fined $71,429 plus a surcharge of $28,571, a total of $100,000.

Great Western Tong Services (1987) Ltd. of Virden, Manitoba, pleaded guilty to contravening subsection 137(1)(a) of the regulations (being an employer fail to provide an effective safeguard where a worker may contact a dangerous moving part of a machine, resulting in a serious injury to a worker).  The company was fined $25,000 plus a $10,000 surcharge.

Both companies were fined following a workplace incident on March 19, 2017, near Stoughton. A worker was hospitalized after the worker’s forearm became entangled in the moving gear of a power tong.

Companies operating in the province are required to be in compliance with Saskatchewan employment laws, including Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety noted in a press release.

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