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Building company pleads guilty to safety violation

Fined $56,000 for workplace injury.
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Charges against Ray Donn Toews Building Materials Ltd. stemmed from a Sept. 9, 2021 incident near Moose Jaw, when a worker suffered serious injuries when impacted by a printing press.

REGINA — Ray Donn Toews Building Materials Ltd. pleaded guilty in Moose Jaw Provincial Court Sept. 13 to one violation of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020.

The company was fined for contravening clause 3-1(b) of the regulations (being an employer, failing to comply with the duties of an employer at a place of employment including arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances in a manner that protects the health and safety of workers, resulting in the serious injury of a worker). As a result, the court imposed a fine of $40,000 with a surcharge of $16,000, for a total amount of $56,000.

Two other charges were withdrawn.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on Sept. 9, 2021, near Moose Jaw, when a worker suffered serious injuries when impacted by a printing press.

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety works with employers and workers to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses through education, inspections and prosecutions.

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