Nelson firms fined for safety infractions

Two Nelson companies are included in WorkSafeBC’s enforcement report for 2010.

Two Nelson companies are included in WorkSafeBC’s enforcement report for 2010.

Bergevin Electrical Contracting was fined $7,850 after the firm’s owner “suffered serious burns from an electrical flash while working on an energized electrical panel.”

The report calls it a “high-risk” violation of a requirement to completely disconnect and lock out electrical equipment before working on it.

Meanwhile, McLaren Distributors was fined $4,300 after a worker stood close to the unguarded edge of a roof about 3.5 meters above grade without any fall protection.

They also failed to submit a notice detailing the steps being taken to comply with orders issued for previous violations.

Overall, WorkSafeBC assessed 256 penalties in 2010 totalling $3.2 million against employers for violations of occupational health and safety regulations and the Workers Compensation Act.