- BC Games
New Westminster construction waste recycler nets $57,000 WorkSafe fine
A New Westminster construction waste facility's failure to adequately protect workers from asbestos exposure has netted Harvest Power BC the largest penalty in a recent list released by WorkSafeBC.
In relation to the facility (formerly Richmond Fraser Soil & Fibre Ltd.) at 4 Spruce St. in the Braid industrial area, the company was ordered on June 4 to develop and implement an exposure control plan to prevent its workers’ exposure to asbestos. The firm failed to comply with this order within a reasonable time, according to WorkSafeBC.
As a result, it was fined a penalty of $57,879.12. This penalty exceeded the four penalties imposed related to fatal incidents.
The largest among those was a penalty of $57,558.64 issued to H.P. Construction for a December 2010 incident at a downtown Vancouver construction site in which a wall form fell over on a worker causing fatal injuries. The second largest, $47,250.89, was issued to D. Loewen Enterprises in Dawson Creek, for an incident where a worker was fatally injured when struck by a bulldozer.
Administrative penalties are monetary fines imposed on employers for health and safety violations of the Workers Compensation Act and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Once a penalty is imposed, an employer has 90 days to appeal. The amounts cited by WorkSafeBC in its recent release indicate penalties imposed prior to appeal, and may not reflect the final penalty amount.