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Saskatchewan health authority fined for safety violations involving workers

October 31, 2017
By The Canadian Press
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YORKTON, Sask. – The Sunrise Regional Health Authority in Saskatchewan has pleaded guilty to health and safety charges in four incidents, including the exposure of multiple workers to a spilled chemical on three separate occasions.

The provincial government says the authority pleaded guilty last month to the violations at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre and was ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in fines and surcharges.

It says the incidents include the exposure of workers to formalin – a formaldehyde-based disinfectant – on March 20, April 8 and September 16 of 2015.

In another instance, a worker’s arm got entangled in a laundry conveyer in May 2015, while two months later, a separate employee broke her wrist when her hand became pinned between the handle of a motorized cart and a door jamb.



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