Saskatchewan introduces ticketing system for certain workplace safety violations
By Chelsea Rasmussen
As of 1 July 2014, Saskatchewan employers who violate certain occupational health and safety laws may be issued a summary offence ticket, which carry fines ranging from CAD250 (£136) to CAD1,000, depending on the offence (plus victim surcharges).
According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, these tickets are intended to avoid time-consuming and costly prosecutions, while serving as a deterrent to those who are non-compliant with occupational health and safety laws in Saskatchewan workplaces.
Two designated occupational health officers will be issuing tickets for the 12 ticketable offences, which include failing to ensure that workers use personal protective equipment (CAD1,000); failing to ensure that workers use a fall protection system where a worker may fall 3m or more (CAD1,000); failing to submit a written progress report (CAD600); and failing to ensure that any opening or hole is covered and clearly marked or otherwise protected (CAD1,000)…
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