October 24th, 2020

Trial date set for city company facing workplace charges


By Shurtz, Delon on November 27, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge company, charged with 13 offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was seriously injured in 2017, is set to stand trial, but not until next spring and summer.

Triple M Housing and its subsidiaries are scheduled for a two-week trial, which will run May 25-29 and June 15-19, 2020. The trial dates were set Tuesday during a brief hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, at which the company’s lawyer did not attend but was represented by duty counsel.

On May 15, 2017, Angela Entz was struck by a steel roof truss stand that had fallen from a mezzanine above the area where Entz was cutting drywall. She sustained a broken neck and leg and damage to her spinal cord, and is now a quadriplegic.

Triple M is charged with four counts of failing to ensure the health and safety of a worker, as well as failure to assess the worksite and identify existing or potential hazards when a new work process was introduced or a work process or operation changed; failure to ensure that date and time were entered into the logbook when any work was performed on the lifting device; failure to ensure that inspections, including examinations, checks and tests that were performed, including those specified in the manufacturer’s specifications, were entered into the logbook; failure to ensure that repairs or modifications performed were entered into the logbook; failure to ensure that a record of a certification under Section 73 of the OHS Code was entered into the logbook; failure to ensure any matter or incident that may affect the safe operation of the lifting device was entered into the logbook; failure to ensure that the bridge, jib, monorail, gantry or overhead travelling crane met the safety requirements of CSA Standard; failure to ensure, where a worker may be injured if equipment or material was dislodged, moved or spilled, that the material or equipment was contained, restrained or protected to eliminate the potential danger; and failure to ensure that workers in a work area where there may be falling objects were protected from the falling objects by an overhead safeguard.

Triple M entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges during a hearing on Oct. 8.

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