Denis Belair

Denis Belair died on the job in 2009. (Submitted Photo.)

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.