Incident on wharf leads to charges
An alarming and serious incident that took place in Bay Roberts July 5, 2011 has led to six charges being laid against a local business.
Harbour International Inc. is facing charges that stem from an incident at the Bay Roberts wharf that sent a worker to hospital with serious injuries.
An 18-year-old man from Marysvale was hit in the head with a frozen fish while working in the hold of the MV Aqviq. The fish fell almost eight metres and weighed around 18 kilograms.
Gatlyn England, now 20, was a stevedore on the vessel at the time. He received bleeding in his left ear, permanent hearing loss in his left ear, a blood clot in his brain and injuries to hi s back front the impact. He also suffered a broken skull.
Ocean Choice International verified the vessel was one of their fleet but Moorfrost, owned by Harbour International, was responsible for the offloading once it docked.
Harbour International declined comment on the issue.
The company is being charged with not providing instruction, supervision and ensuring head protection was worn. They are also being charged with failure to provide a safe workplace and that safe work procedures were not being followed.
In addition, the company has also been charged with a failure to notify the Occupational Health and Safety Division that the incident took place.
RCMP confirmed last week that the incident was under investigation immediately following the injury and it had been reported to Occupational Health and Safety. The last update they had received was the investigation was ongoing.
Officials with Service NL said Occupational Health and Safety were notified but they were never contacted directly by Harbour International Inc.
Harbour International is being sued by England for $100,000 plus legal costs.
In a statement of claim, England’s lawyer said the injuries he sustained were from neg- ligence from Harbour International.
It reads, “his injuries and damages were caused solely by the negligence of the vessel’s crew, in unloading the cargo, for which the defendant 55104 Newfoundland and Labrador, Inc., is vicariously liable.”
The new charges will be heard in provincial court in Harbour Grace Sept. 20.
The MV Aqviq sat at the wharf in Bay Roberts after an incident in July 2011.