WorkSafeBC fines two construction firms working in Richmond

Each business was fined $5,000 for their respective workplace violations

Fines were given to two separate businesses with worksites in Richmond | Photo: WorkSafe BC

Two different businesses with worksites in Richmond were fined for asbestos and safety violations, respectively.

Penta Done Construction Limited was fined $5,000 due to an asbestos violation in a pre-1990 house that was scheduled to be demolished.

WorkSafeBC also ordered a stop-work order on Oct. 25.

The site was inspected by WorkSafeBC staff and found a pile of debris that had asbestos-containing material (ACM), according to the agency’s website.

“No containment was in place, and no documentation was available to indicate that materials had been removed using safe work practices,” said WorkSafeBC.

“The firm failed to safely contain or remove all hazardous materials, a repeated and high-risk violation.”

In another case, the agency fined Forever Homes Limited $5,000 for “exposing (workers) to a fall risk.”

According to WorkSafeBC, a worker, who was also a representative of the firm, was on a sloped roof with “no fall protection in place.”

“The firm failed to ensure fall protection was used,” said WorkSafeBC, adding that this is a “repeated and high-risk” violation.

The fine was implemented on Nov. 1

Richmond News