Virden company - one of two fined

Workplace accident in 2017

A Virden-based company was one of two companies fined for a work-site accident in Saskatchewan nearly two years ago.

A Government of Saskatchewan news release says two out-of-province companies were fined for Occupational Health and Safety violations after pleading guilty in Weyburn Provincial Court on Jan. 15, 2019.

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Great Western Tong Services (1987) Ltd. of Virden, pleaded guilty to failing to provide an effective safeguard where a worker may contact a dangerous moving part of a machine. The company was fined $35,000.

Western Energy Services Corp., operating as Horizon Drilling, of Calgary, was fined $100,000 for failing to ensure that all work at a place of employment is sufficiently and competently supervised, resulting in a serious injury to a worker. 

Both companies were fined following a workplace incident on March 19, 2017, near Stoughton. A worker was hospitalized after the worker’s forearm became entangled in the moving gear of a power tong.

Power tongs are described as big, self-locking wrenches, usually powered pneumatically or hydraulically, used to secure drill pipe, casing, tubing, or other pipe.


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