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Construction company fined $20K after worker injured in N.W.T.

Signage on the Yellowknife courthouse is seen in Yellowknife, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. A construction company has been fined $20,000 after a worker was injured at a worksite in the Northwest Territories in April 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emily Blake

YELLOWKNIFE — A construction company has been fined $20,000 almost two years after a worker was injured in the Northwest Territories.

Arctic Canada Construction Ltd. pleaded guilty Friday to a single count under the territory's Safety Act.

The fine is to be paid to the worker's protection fund, as well as a $3,000 surcharge.

In April 2021, a worker in Fort Simpson was thrown from the basket of a telehandler to the ground after outriggers meant to stabilize the machine were not used.

A year later, the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut laid seven charges against the company.

Six of those charges were withdrawn through the plea agreement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2023.

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