WorkSafeBC issues C$9,724 penalty to Settle Holdings of Kaslo, British Columbia, for failing to ensure safety of worker struck, injured by log

NELSON, British Columbia , May 23, 2011 () – WorkSafeBC has ordered Settle Holdings Ltd. of Kaslo to pay $9,724 for an incident at a logging site on January 4 in which a worker was injured.

According to the agency, the man hooked together four logs so they could be dragged down to a landing by a slack-line cable yarding system. When he gave the go-ahead to the yarding operator to move the logs downhill, one of the log ends hit a stump and swung out sideways, striking the man in the back. He sustained a concussion and numerous fractures.

“The firm did not ensure that the worker moved the required safe distance away from the logs to avoid being struck,” WorkSafeBC said in its penalty report released last week. “The firm also failed to provide its worker with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure his safety.”

Penalties are based on the nature of the violation, the employer’s compliance history, and the employer’s assessable payroll.

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