Husky pays $100,000 safety fine, worker OK

By Geoff Lee

September 27, 2017 3:01 PM

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Husky Oil Operations Limited of Calgary, a subsidiary of Husky Energy, has been fined $100,000 for a safety violation that resulted in a worker being injured in the Lloydminster area.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety reported the company pleaded guilty in Lloydminster Provincial Court on Sept. 18 to contravening a section of occupational health and safety regulations.
The company failed to develop and implement a traffic control plan to protect the worker for traffic hazards resulting in the serious injury of a worker.
“We are deeply sorry that this happened,” said Husky spokesperson Kim Guttormson.
“Our concern was for the employee’s recovery and we’re glad to have him back at work.”
The charge stemmed from an incident on Aug. 24, 2015 when the worker was injured after being hit by a truck at the company’s Lloydminster sand disposal facility.
The penalty includes a $71,429 fine and a $28,571 surcharge.
One additional charge was withdrawn in court.
Husky noted they have taken a number of steps to make sure a similar incident doesn’t happen.
The company said the area where the incident took place has been reconfigured so that there is better traffic control for both workers and drivers.
In addition, the trucks now unload at a different piece of equipment so there is better visibility for both workers and drivers.

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