Occupational Health and Safety Charges Laid Against Powertel Utilities Contractors

Powertel Utilities Contractors Limited and a supervisor have been charged with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations in relation to an incident that occurred in January 2017. The charges are the result of an investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Division of Service NL.

The incident, which resulted in fatal injuries to a worker, occurred at a Maritime Transmission Link worksite near Stephenville Crossing.

The company has been charged with five violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations which relate to its alleged failure to:

  • Provide and maintain a safe workplace;

  • Provide the necessary information, instruction, supervision and facilities to ensure the safety of workers;

  • Ensure workers, and especially supervisors, are made aware of the hazards;

  • Ensure that safe work procedures are followed; and

  • Ensure that work procedures promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment.

The supervisor has been charged with two violations which relate to alleged failure to:

  • Ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers under his supervision; and

  • Advise workers under his supervision of the health and safety hazards that may be met at the workplace.

The first appearance for both is scheduled for October 15, 2018 at Provincial Court in Stephenville.