Accident nets fine for advertising firm

Incident happened near Ladysmith

Coast Outdoor Advertising Ltd. has been fined for an incident that happened near Ladysmith.

WorkSafe BC’s WorkSafe Magazine this month published that the company was fined $7,844.35 on Jan. 5, 2011 under the Worker’s Compensation Act and/or Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

The magazine said the worker suffered severe burns and other serious injuries after touching a live overhead power line with a metal rod and falling about 8.5 m.

The WorkSafeBC article said the firm allowed work to proceed within the limits of approach of the high-voltage line and was in violation of the minimum distance needed between workers and high-voltage conductors.

The magazine said  the company had failed to ensure that its worker used a fall-protection system and the information, instruction, training and supervision needed.