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Saskatchewan steel firm fined $60,000 after maintenance worker injured

Regina, SK -- Evraz Regina Steel has pleaded guilty to one count under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and was fined $60,000. The fine is the largest for an OHS violation in the 2011-12 year in the province.


Regina, SK — Evraz Regina Steel has pleaded guilty to one count under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and was fined $60,000. The fine is the largest for an OHS violation in the 2011-12 year in the province.

The company, formerly known as IPSCO, is a mini-mill recycling steel scrap and producing plate and coil, which is then converted into energy tubular products. It is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Evraz Inc. NA.

The company was charged after a January 20, 2009, incident at its Regina plant in which a worker, Walter Mishak, was seriously injured when he became entangled in the motor drive shaft of a crane hoist he was repairing.

Evraz pleaded guilty to failure to ensure there was an effective safeguard in place to prevent workers from contacting a dangerous moving part of a machine.

Another charge against the company — for the failure to ensure a machine is locked out prior to maintenance and repair — was stayed in Regina Provincial Court.

OHS conducts about 4,500 worksite inspections annually to ensure standards are balanced, known and enforced.


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2 Comments » for Saskatchewan steel firm fined $60,000 after maintenance worker injured
  1. Good afternoon,
    My name is Aaron Laughlin, I work for the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) local 2038 in Regina, Saskatchewan as their education and training coordinator.
    Today someone sent me a link to one of your posts (160,000.00 fine for an Ontario Arc Flash incident), and after reading it I decided to peruse the rest of your posts. One in particular caught my eye as it reflected on an incident in Saskatchewan (Evraz).
    In the article regarding Evraz, you relate a number (4500) and conclude that the Saskatchewan OHS division makes approximately that many site visits per annum (or at least in 2012).
    Could you provide me with the specifics or a contact name for where this information came from?
    Regards,
    Aaron Laughlin

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