Debden company pleads guilty in farm worker's death

A Debden company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment after a 49-year-old worker died on the job in 2009.

Failed to provide safe work environment

A Debden company that pleaded guilty to its role in a worker's death must pay a $21,000 fine.

Greenspring Ag Services took responsibility in provincial court this morning for its role in the death of 49-year-old Denis Belair. It pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment.

Belair died on December 16, 2009 while working near the town two hours north of Saskatoon.

So it was a very tragic situation, and a situation that could have been avoided.- Tom Macnab

Court heard how Belair had been working with a machine to extract grain from a large bag. Somehow, his left hand and arm got caught in a part of the power take-off system that didn't have a guard.

"So it was a very tragic situation, and a situation that could have been avoided," said prosecutor Tom Macnab.

A co-worker who was with Belair had been called to a different work site shortly before the accident.

Guards have since been added to that part of the machine.

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