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Conifex fined over $191,000 for worker injury and safety violation


September 26, 2018
By P&PC Staff

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September 26, 2018 – Conifex, the forestry company headquartered in British Columbia, has been fined over $191,000 for a worker injury and safety violation at its Fort St. James sawmill site. 

According to WorkSafeBC, the BC worker’s compensation board, a worker at the sawmill was using a forklift to transfer rough-cut lumber from a pile to a planer. The lumber was unwrapped and stacked three loads high. The worker exited the forklift between loads to remove dunnage from the top of the next load. The load collapsed and fell forward, pinning and injuring the worker.

WorkSafeBC inspected the site and determined that the lumber pile was on an unstable foundation of partially frozen soil, snow, and sawdust. Other lumber piles in the yard were observed to be similarly unstable and partially collapsing. The firm failed to ensure that lumber piles were plumb, level and maintained in a stable condition. The board says this was a high-risk violation, and fined Conifex a total of $191,667.77.