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Business fined $5K for 24-foot fall risk at Anmore house project

A crew member was exposed to the potential two-storey fall while working on a steep slope roofing project.
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Construction crew member working on a housing project. | File photo

A Lower Mainland construction firm has been hit with a hefty fine after exposing an employee to potentially falling two storeys off the roof of an Anmore house.

WorkSafeBC issued a $5,000 ticket to BC City Star Roofing and Construction Ltd. for failing to provide fall protection for a worker that was applying torch-on roofing to the Tri-Cities project.

According to the provincial agency, the worker could've fallen 24 feet to the ground while applying the material near the leading edge of a flat roof, which is considered a "repeated and high-risk violation."

"The firm stated it was using a safety monitor system of fall protection but none of the required elements of such a system, such as a raised warning line, was in use," WorkSafeBC stated in their report.

BC City Star Roofing was issued the violation ticket on Aug. 11.

Meanwhile, a Surrey business was also recently fined for failing to provide safety for its workers while on the job at a Coquitlam housing site.

A.M.J. & Sons Holding and Construction Ltd. was issued a $2,500 violation — also on Aug. 11 by WorkSafeBC.

The agency's report explained the company had failed to correct "several deficiencies" in health and safety protocols following multiple inspections.

This included unguarded window wells and stairwell openings, inadequate "non-complaint" ladders and scaffolds, and waste materials "that were not cleaned up."

"The firm failed to ensure openings were securely covered or guarded, and failed to ensure waste material did not accumulate so as to constitute a hazard," WorkSafeBC added in its statement.

The agency noted A.M.J. had failed to comply with the orders, which also included work platforms that were poorly designed to current standards.