Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) is reminding employers to ensure workplaces are safe and that workers are trained to perform their duties safely after a workplace was prosecuted for violations under The Workplace Safety and Health Act.
In August 2014, a worker suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall into an open pit. Two floor access panels had been removed by workers to facilitate the lowering of a 1,000-kilogram spool of wire to the basement of the building. Workers temporarily left the worksite to retrieve the spool that was to be lowered. During that period, another employee fell 4.4 metres (14.5 feet) through the open hole to the ground below. The employee sustained serious injuries as a result of the fall.
The employer plead guilty under Section 4(1)(a) of The Workplace Safety and Health Act to the charge of failing to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health, and welfare of its workers when they failed to ensure that a guardrail system was in place to protect workers from falling through a floor opening, and was ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and surcharges.