A construction company operating in the Northwest Territories was fined more than $70,000 last week for violating the territory's Safety Act.

North American Construction and an employee responsible for inspection pleaded guilty to 14 charges in relation to an accident two years ago at the Bluefish hydro dam about 40 kilometres north of Yellowknife. 

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A view of the Bluefish hydroelectric dam 40 kilometres north of Yellowknife, in July 2013. North American Construction has been fined $70,000 in relation to an accident at the dam in 2012. (CBC)

A worker was seriously injured after he fell through a hatch. He had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation. His injuries were non-life threatening and not permanent.

The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission laid 14 charges in the spring of 2013.

The judge said the worker did not have the proper safety equipment on and no safeguards were in place to protect him from such an accident. The judge also said the hatch covering should have been inspected to prevent such a fall.

The judge fined North American Construction $70,000 plus more than $10,000 in a victim surcharge fee. Christopher Labelle, who was responsible for inspecting the scaffolding, was also fined $10,000 plus a victim of crime surcharge of $1,500.

Originally a NAC supervisor was also facing charges, but those were withdrawn.

The company and Labelle have 60 days to pay the fine.