The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Works have been convicted after it has proven to have violated five sections in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of the province. It was subjected to a fine with a total amount of $90,000.
The sentence was given by Judge Lynn E. Cole who is serving at the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador located in Stephenville. The order was given December 22 of last year. This is according to the court documents that were retrieved for the report. The conviction started because of an accident that led to the death of a line painter while working on the Trans Canada Highway. The incident happened over three years ago.
The victim was 40 years old man named Wayne Wall. He was working together with a paint crew at that time and they were ordered in the highway located in the western coast of Newfoundland. It is located two kilometers in the west from Flat Bay. The accident happened on the morning of July 21, 2013. While the workers were busy preparing so they could paint the yield indicator that is located on the eastbound lane, a pickup truck passed and Wall was killed in the process. The incident also resulted to the hospitalization of one other employee working under the Department. Two people that are riding on the truck also received injury.
Two years after the accident happened, a charge was issued against the Department of Transportation by the Service NL which is the branch of the government that is responsible in inspecting occupational health and safety within the province. The charge consists of eight violations under the occupational health and safety law.
In Judge Cole’s written decision, the Department is ordered to pay a fine worth $15,000 with a 15 per cent surcharge for the victim fine which must be given within 90 days. The Department must also release another $75,000 which will go to third party safety audit and donations to WorkplaceNL and Threads of Life.
If you have a business or company, make sure that you hire workplace health & safety consultants to know the proper measures and avoid any future violations.