Employer Fined Over Death of Waterhen Lake Man

Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 14:20



A Meadow Lake area contractor has been fined by Occupational Health and Safety following the death of a Waterhen Lake man on the job site.


Lawrence Matvenko has been convicted of failing to ensure the safety of a worker and failing to provide a safe working environment.


Matvenko was also found guilty of endangering a worker by moving powered mobile equipment and failing to ensure that a lifting device was designed and operated to safely perform the task for which it was being used.


In August 2001, a day labourer employed by Matvenko, 33-year-old David Cardinal, was fatally injured when he was crushed between the bucket of a bobcat and an adjacent wall while holding a splashboard to guide cement being poured from the bucket.


Matvenko has been fined a total of 23-thousand dollars for the infractions.


The maximum penalty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for an offence that causes the death of a worker is 300-thousand dollars and two years in jail.