Johnson’s Construction pleads guilty to two charges

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A Corner Brook construction company pleaded guilty to two of five charges against it in relation to a fatal accident at a worksite in Labrador on Thursday.

Johnson’s Construction had been charged with five offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act almost a year ago.

The charges stemmed from a fatal accident in December 2010. The incident occurred at a construction camp located about 50 kilometres from Forteau on the Trans-Labrador Highway. It involved a company employee who was doing maintenance work on the water supply system for the camp. He died of injuries suffered when a pressurized water tank ruptured nearby.

The company entered guilty pleas to two charges under Section 88 of the act in provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Thursday.

The charges include failing to ensure that each tool, machine and piece of equipment in the workplace is capable of safely performing the functions for which it is used and failing to have the installation, inspection, testing, repair, maintenance or modification of a tool, machine or piece of equipment properly carried out under the guidelines of the act.

The three other charges against the company, including failing to ensure that it provided and maintained a safe workplace and that sufficient training and instruction were provided, were withdrawn.

The company will appear again in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay court on May 23 for facts and sentencing.

Meanwhile, two charges against company supervisor Neil Mercer were conditionally withdrawn pending completion of the case against the company.

Mercer had been charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of all workers under his supervision and failing to provide proper written or oral instructions regarding precautions to be taken.

Organizations: Trans-Labrador Highway

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Happy Valley, Labrador Goose Bay

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