As of July 1, 2014, Saskatchewan employers who violate certain
occupational health and safety laws may be issued a Summary Offence
Ticket, which carry fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, depending on
the offence (plus victim surcharges).
According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and
Workplace Safety, these tickets are intended to avoid
time-consuming and costly prosecutions, while serving as a
deterrent to those who are non-compliant with occupational health
and safety laws in Saskatchewan workplaces.
Two designated Occupational Health Officers will be issuing
tickets for the 12 ticketable offences, which include failing to
ensure that workers use personal protective equipment ($1,000);
failing to ensure that workers use a fall protection system where a
worker may fall three metres or more ($1,000); failing to submit a
written progress report ($600); and failing to ensure that any
opening or hole is covered and clearly marked or otherwise
It is likely that most tickets will be issued to employers,
contractors, owners, self-employed persons and suppliers. There is
one offence that applies to workers: clear failure to use personal
protective equipment that has been provided by the employer ($250).
However, a worker will be ticketed only after the officer
determines that the employer provided the worker with the correct
PPE, adequately trained the worker on its use, and the worker
disobeyed clear direction to use the PPE.
These safety tickets are like speeding tickets – they will
typically be issued either on the spot or sent by mail after an
officer has assessed the situation and facts on the ground.
Further, everyone who receives a ticket has the right to challenge
it in court.
The government indicates that before issuing tickets, officers
will assess the severity of the situation and will first try to use
other tools, including Compliance Undertakings, Officer's
Reports, Notices of Contravention and Stop Work Orders. Further,
tickets will only be issued where all other avenues to ensure
compliance with health and safety in the workplace have been
exhausted or are ineffective.
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