​Site C contractor fined more than $662,000 for worker electrical shock

Construction on the Site C dam on Sept. 17, 2019. Image: Matt Prepost/Alaska Highway News

The main civil works contractor for the Site C dam has been fined more than $662,000 — the largest fine possible — by WorkSafeBC after a worker received an electrical shock.

Peace River Hydro Partners Construction Ltd. was penalized after a worker accessed a main circuit breaker in a high-voltage electrical cabinet on the firm’s tunnelling equipment, according to a WorkSafeBC summary online.

“WorkSafeBC inspected the site and observed that the main electrical breaker extensions on the exterior cabinet door were not functioning, the de-energization switches had been circumvented, and the main breaker switch-box isolation covers were in disrepair,” the summary states.

WorkSafeBC says a stop-use order was issued for the equipment after the incident, as investigators determined workers were frequently accessing the main circuit breaker without following lockout procedures.

“The firm failed to ensure its equipment was capable of safely performing its functions, and failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety,’ WorkSafeBC continued.

The $662,102.48 penalty was imposed on August 21. The figure is the largest penalty WorkSafeBC can hand out this year, under legislation.

The summary did not indicate the condition of the worker or date the actual incident occurred.

— Alaska Highway News

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