​Trinidad Drilling faces two charges in 2017 Saskatchewan worker injury

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Estevan – Trinidad Drilling Ltd. made a first appearance in Estevan provincial court on Feb. 4 facing two charges under the Saskatchewan Employment Act and its Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

The charges were sworn on Jan. 2, 19 months after the alleged incident took place near Torquay, on June 4, 2017. Trinidad has operated several drilling rigs in the Torquay area in recent years.

The first charge is “fail in the provision and maintenance of plant, systems of work and working environments to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of the employer’s workers…resulting in the serious injury of a worker, namely Dakota Treso.”

The second charge was that Trinidad failed “to ensure that no worker is permitted to perform work unless the worker has been trained, and has had sufficient experience, to perform the work safely,” resulting in serious injury to Treso.

Lawyer Peter Bergbusch of Millar Thomson appeared by phone for the defence. He asked for the disclosure of evidence from the Crown, and that the matter be adjourned to March 18. Judge Lane Wiegers granted the adjournment.