BY RICHARD GILBERT - Calgary, Alberta-based Man Shield Construction Inc. has pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court to one charge in relation to the serious injury of a worker and fined $35,000 under occupational health and safety legislation.
The charge relates to an incident in which Craig Faulkner, 26, was seriously injured at a condominium construction site in Saskatoon on May 17, 2011.
Faulkner was working at a jobsite when another subcontractor with a concrete company hit a guard rail with a boom. The guard rail fell about 50 feet or six floors and hit Faulkner, who was knocked unconscious.
He suffered extensive injuries including a collapsed lung, a damaged shoulder, several facial fractures, a broken jaw in three places, a detached retina, facial paralysis and a fractured spine.
The driver of a concrete truck asked site supervisors if the guardrail could be moved, minutes before that truck struck the guardrail.
Supervisors insisted the guardrail stay up, to protect other workers on the sixth floor. However, they failed to put up safety tape marking a potential danger zone at ground level.
Manshield Construction pleaded guilty to causing an injury to a worker, by failing to ensure that an area at a workplace where a worker could be struck by a falling object was clearly marked by barriers, notices, warning lights or other warning devices.
The company was fined $25,000 with a $10,000 surcharge in provincial court on March 31, 2014.
The maximum penalty for the charge is $300,000.
Faulkner continues to suffer from back and shoulder pain and other severe, long-term health problems.
According to the Workers’ Compensation Board, there were four fatalities in the building construction sector in Saskatchewan in 2013.