Katsheshuk Fisheries taking appropriate measures in response to tragedy: judge
Katsheshuk Fisheries has been fined $90,000, having pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act after the death of an employee.
The fine, issued this morning in a sentence handed down at provincial court, includes a victim surcharge.
Katsheshuk Fisheries operates the vessel Katsheshuk II. In February 2012, two workers on board the vessel were sent to clean a shrimp holding tank. One accidentally activated a hydraulic door, crushing the other. A 27-year-old man from St. Anthony died.
Subsequent investigation found the company lacked both procedures and training to avoid such incidents and was aware of a related mechanical fault it failed to address.
Prior to the sentencing, Judge David Orr heard from the company on a list of measures taken since the accident. Many were tied to 11 work orders put in place by OHS officials, but some — as noted by the province’s manager of compliance and regulatory affairs for OHS, Denis Martin — were company initiatives. They included hiring a full-time safety manager and hiring a consultant to review company practices.
Martin told Orr further routine OHS inspections have been conducted on the vessel since the accident, but did not note any further orders against the company.