Fishing company will likely plead guilty to safety breaches

Rosie Mullaley
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A fishing company charged after the death of a crew member in 2012 is expected to plead guilty to charges next month.

When the case of Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd. was called in provincial court today, Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten told Judge Pamela Goulding that the case will proceed by way of speedy disposition.

He and defence lawyer Twila Reid agreed to schedule Aug. 1 for facts and sentencing.

The company was charged with several violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including failure to provide a safe workplace and to provide training and supervision; failure to ensure that powered equipment had controls positioned to prevent inadvertent activation; failure to ensure machinery is locked out prior to maintenance being conducted; failure to ensure that a worker does not enter a confined space until the worker is qualified to do so; failure to ensure that safety precautions are documented and that an attendant is in place.

The charges were laid in connection with an incident in February 2012 as the Katsheshuk II was en route from the Funk Island Bank to Bay Roberts.

A 27-year-old man from St. Anthony was killed after being struck by a steel door while getting out of a shrimp holding tank on the factory deck of the vessel.

He had just inspected the tank that had previously been cleaned by another worker.

Ocean Choice International Inc. (OCI) had also been charged, but the Crown withdrew charges against that company last month.

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Organizations: Katsheshuk Fisheries, Funk Island Bank, Choice International OCI

Geographic location: St. Anthony

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