Salmon Arm firm among $540,000 in WorkSafeBC fines

'The firm failed to ensure that its worker used fall protection'

A Salmon Arm construction company is one of 47 B.C. firms fined by WorkSafeBC for safety violations.

Timberline Solutions was penalized $11,048 after a worker was seriously injured after falling of a slippery, sloped roof and landing three metres below onto frozen ground.

"The worker was not wearing the required fall protection. The firm's principal was on site at the time," stated a WorkSafeBC report issued Friday.

"The firm failed to ensure that its worker used fall protection and failed to provide him with the supervision and training needed to ensure his safety."

Calls to Timberline company owner Jordan Baer and project manager Leroy Rempel were not returned.

Timberline was one of six companies penalized for serious injuries. Four fines were imposed on companies after lethal mishaps.

The largest penalty of $58,000 went to Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre Ltd. of New Westminster for failing to prevent employees from being exposed to asbestos within a reasonable time.

And H.P. Construction was fined more than $57,000 for a December 2010 building site accident in Vancouver where a wall form fell killing a worker.

In Dawson Creek, D. Loewen Enterprises was fined $47,000 after a bulldozer hit and killed a worker.

In what's considered a high-risk violation, Abbott Shoring & Foundations Ltd. was fined almost $32,000 after workers who were drilling made contact with a utility line after failing to check that it was there.

A large majority of the sanctions ranging from $2,500 to more than $57,000 went to Lower Mainland firms.

Nearly $540,000 in penalties over workplace violations were assessed in total.

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