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Nearly $10K in safety fines issued at Coquitlam construction sites

Two businesses were issued high-risk violations in July for failing to provide a fall protection system for their respective workers.
A construction worker installs a new roof.

Two B.C. construction businesses were recently fined nearly $10,000 combined for failing to ensure safety measures at their Coquitlam worksites.

And one included a fall risk of more than 25 feet from the ground.

Surrey-based firm Red Roofing Ltd. was hit with a $5,000 ticket by for exposing its employees to the significant drop at a two-storey housing project.

WorkSafeBC said an inspector saw four workers on a sloped roof with no fall protection system in place, which is a repeated violation according to the provincial agency.

The fine was issued on July 19.

Meanwhile, a Vancouver general contracting company that didn't install guardrails at a Coquitlam residential construction project was slapped with a high-risk violation ticket.

Domus Projects Ltd. was set back $4,244.49 on July 5 after a WorkSafeBC representative found "multiple safety deficiencies."

According to the agency's report, employees were seen doing framing without guardrails near open windows on the second- and third-storey floors of the site.

"The firm failed to ensure that guardrails were installed in elevated areas accessible to workers," reads WorkSafeBC's report.

"In addition, as prime contractor the firm failed to coordinate health and safety activities and to establish a system of regulatory compliance."