WorkSafe BC 2009 Penalty Record

The 2009 Penalty Report of Worksafe BC has confirmed a record total penalty amount was imposed last year, for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.



The total was just over $4,465,000, breaking the previous 2007 record of just over $4,256,000.

The record was established even though the 211 of penalties imposed last year was less, than the 2007 total of 221.

190 employers were penalized in 2009, and the individual penalties ranged from $1,250.

Hardest hit was Canadian Natural Resources Limited for an incident in which a "young worker"…classified as those between 15 and 24 years of age…fell from a drilling rig platform, engulfed in flames, following an uncontrolled gas release.

WorkSafe ruled the company failed to ensure the health and safety of the on-site workers.

It said in particular, it failed to analyze the risks arising from work activities, and to implement safe work procedures as required under the aforementioned Regulation.

The report also says 67 industry classifications were represented by the employers hit with penalties.

However, the five construction-related classifications accounted for nearly 59 percent of the total.

A complete list of the 2009 penalties and additional background information is posted online at {}.