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Saskatoon farm fined $70K after worker dies in baler accident


December 31, 2020
By OHS Canada

Compliance & Enforcement farm fatality saskatchewan

On Dec. 17, Sommer Green Forages pleaded guilty in Outlook Provincial Court to violating one count under The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, as a result of a workplace fatality that occurred on Oct. 25, 2019 near Broderick, Sask.

While clearing the teeth on the roller of a baler, a worker became entangled, resulting in the worker’s death.

The Saskatoon company was charged with contravening subsection 139(1) of the regulations (being an employer, failed to ensure that before a worker undertakes the maintenance, repair, test or adjustment of machine other than a power took, the machine is locked out and remains locked out during that activity if not doing so would put the worker at risk, resulting in the death of a worker).

Three other charges were stayed, according to a news release.

As a result of this charge, the court imposed a fine of $50,000, along with a surcharge of $20,000, for a total amount of $70,000.

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