Roofing company and employees charged on Corner Brook job

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A roofing company and some of its employees that did work on the Corner Brook Canadian Tire store this past spring has been charged with occupational health and safety violations.

On May 16, an occupational health and safety officer noted violations on two occasions that day, according to a Service NL press release. McCarthy’s Roofing Ltd., a supervisor and two workers, have been charged with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

Workers on the roof were using fall protection equipment incorrectly, according to the officer. On the first inspection, harnesses were being worn, but were not attached to the existing anchorages. On the second inspection that day, one worker was not connected to an anchorage and the second worker was connected incorrectly to the equipment. The supervisor was not present on either occasion.

Neither of the inspections at the Murphy Square store were the result of incidents or incidents involving injuries.

The company was charged with failing to provide the necessary supervision to ensure the safety of workers and failing to ensure workers were provided with a suitable fall protection system.

The supervisor was charged with failing to ensure workers under his watch used equipment required under regulation. The two workers were charged with failing to use equipment provided for their protection in accordance with the instructions for use and training provided.

The first appearance was held in provincial court in Corner Brook June 24 and the matter will be called again Tuesday.

Organizations: Corner Brook Canadian Tire, Service NL, Roofing

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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