EnCana fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC

EnCana Corporation has been fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC following a fatal accident near Dawson Creek.

According to WorkSafe BC, EnCana failed to do everything reasonably practicable to coordinate activities and to establish and maintain a system or process to ensure compliance.  The incident occurred in June 2008 when workers were performing the high-risk activity of falling trees up to 24 inches in diameter.  During this process a worker was struck by two hung up trees.

EnCana failed to coordinate activities that resulted in a lack of first aid services and lack of evacuation procedures that may have prevented the worker’s death following the incident.

Other companies have also been fined that operate in the Peace Country.  Core Pipelines was fined just over $50,000 following an incident in January of 2008.  No one was seriously hurt.  The incident occured while attempting to climb a 32-35% sloped hill covered in ice, a tracked, flat-decked vehicle with a cab spun out and the engine stalled. As a result, and without braking power, the vehicle slid downhill out of control and hit a tree.  WorkSafe BC found that the vehicle was inappropriate for use in transporting workers under the conditions of the work site.

Canadian Natural Resources has been fined just over $29,000 for an incident from October 2009.  The WorkSafe BC report states the following "As prime contractor of worksite, the Firm failed to do everything reasonably practicable to establish and maintain a system or process that would ensure compliance with the Act and Regulation. These are repeat s.118(2)(b) violations."

In total, WorkSafe BC imposed 152 penalties totaling more than $2.7 million for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the OHS Regulation) and the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).