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Media Release: The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Lay Charges under the Northwest Territories Safety Act

15th Dec 2021

Yellowknife, NT (December 15, 2021) – On December 2, 2021 the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission filed nine charges in the Northwest Territories’ Territorial Court under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act.

The multiple counts allege various offences in violation of the Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including failing to:

  • implement and maintain an occupational health and safety program
  • ensure that only competent workers operate machinery
  • ensure that work was sufficiently and competently supervised 
  • establish an effective communication system for workers at a remote work site
  • ensure that a worker was properly trained in matters necessary to protect the health and safety of workers at a work site.

Charged are Nogha Enterprises Ltd., and the General Foreman.

The charges stem from an incident in which a worker was fatally injured on December 8, 2020. The worker was operating an excavator to dig a pit at a gravel quarry approximately 44 km north of Fort Simpson. The sidewall of the water filled gravel pit collapsed and the excavator slid into the pit and the worker drowned. 

The first court appearance in this matter is scheduled for March 16, 2022 in Fort Simpson.

Maggie Collins
Manager, Communications
T: (867) 920-3854