Spent three weeks in hos­pi­tal

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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.

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