BY GORDON HOEKSTRA, VANCOUVER SUN DECEMBER 7, 2015
WorkSafeBC has handed out nearly double the amount of fines for industry safety infractions this year and 2014 over the previous two years, part of a new approach to use penalties as deterrents.
In 2014, 433 penalties were issued totalling $6 million. As of last week, already 509 penalties have been handed in 2015 out with a total value of $6.4 million, according to figures provided by WorkSafeBC at the request of The Vancouver Sun.
In the past three years, individual penalties have ranged from $700 to a high of $149,871. That highest penalty was issued in November 2014 to WWL Vehicle Services Ltd. for an incident in Delta where a worker fell off a rail car and was seriously injured.