Spent three weeks in hospital
According to the agreed statement of facts, no one was wearing hard hats when a frozen fish fell off a pallet being unloaded from the MV Aqviq at the dock beside the company’s cold storage facility in Bay Roberts. The victim, Gatlyn England, was initially sent to hospital in Carbonear before he was transferred to the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. He spent three weeks in hospital.
Charges were first laid against Harbour International in 2013. Defence lawyer Doug Moores said this was the company’s first offence under the act, and noted steps were subsequently taken to ensure incidents like the one four years ago never happen again. Crown prosecutor Natalie Payne acknowledged OHS issued five directives to the company following its investigation, all of which Harbour International has since addressed.
The company reportedly did not provide any sort of orientation to workers at the time of the accident. Those same workers often wore sneakers instead of safety boots on site. Payne said it was evident the proper equipment and training necessary to ensure worker safety wasn’t there prior to the 2011 incident.
England did not provide a victim impact statement. Moores said the company wishes nothing but the best for him.