British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc., over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.

It says one of its employees lost his life while working on a ferry that was docked for maintenance in Richmond. While he was trying to retrieve an item from the water, the worker leaned onto a fabric webbing panel that ripped, and he drowned.

The agency says the worker wasn’t wearing a life jacket and fabric panels were insufficient to keep him from falling into the water.

It says B.C. Ferries failed to develop safe work procedures for retrieving fallen objects from the water and did not ensure the health and safety of its employees.


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