Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

A Nova Scotia maker of steel forms, used in construction, was fined $45,000 on August 21, 2009, for a violation of the Occupational Health & Safety (OHSA) In March 2008. A constructor was building an intake line from the Welland Canal to the Thorold Cogeneration power site. To do this, they needed to install a cofferdam, a structure built below water level that serves as a dry workplace. EFCO designed and provided the parts for the cofferdam. On March 28, 2008, the constructor had installed the cofferdam and was removing the water inside it when the cofferdam failed. No workers were hurt.

trenching accident happened on a golf course in Saskatchewan in 2008 during the installation of new water and sewer pipes. The Elkridge Golf and Conference Centre pleaded guilty to four charges after a worker was partially buried in a trench. They received a fine of $14,000.

The company failed to do the following:

1) Ensure workers were protected from cave-ins or sliding material in a trench,
2) Notify Saskatchewan Occupational Health & Safety Division of a dangerous occurrence,
3) Ensure that work was sufficiently and competently supervised ‘
4) Ensure the company had an OH&S program.