Cowan Bros Transport Pleads Guilty to OHS Charge in Workplace Death

(Last Updated On: September 30, 2017)

Cowan Bros. Transport Ltd. pleaded guilty to one occupational health and safety violation and was fined $84,000 in Montreal Lake Provincial Court on September 21, 2017.

The company was charged with contravening clause 3(8)(h) of the Act (fail to ensure, insofar as is reasonably practicable, that the activities of the employer’s workers at a place of employment do not negatively affect the health, safety or welfare at work of the employer, other workers or any self-employed person at the place of employment resulting in the death of a worker).

The company was fined $60,000 plus a $24,000 surcharge.

The victim was a 30-year-old Lloydminster man, who grew up in Choiceland and Love, a father of three young children and recently married. The accident occurred in July 2015 near Waskesiu, when a bulldozer operator pushed his truck without first locating the whereabouts of the operator.