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Power line company fined in Alberta after pleading guilty in Ontario man’s death

EDMONTON — A power line company has been fined $325,000 in an Alberta court after pleading guilty to a charge in the death of one of its workers.

Evan Horkoff of Oakville, Ont., died on Sept. 10, 2011, when a transmission pole he was working on fell on him near Blairmore, Alta.

The Rokstad Power Corp. was charged with four offences under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

On Tuesday, the company pleaded guilty to one of the charges in the 25-year-old’s death and three other charges were withdrawn.

The company has until Oct. 7 to pay the fine.

Officials with Rokstad Power, which has offices in Alberta, British Columbia and the United States, were not immediately available for comment.

Rokstad admitted that it did not ensure that equipment modifications that could affect structural stability were made within the manufacturer’s specifications.

The three other charges that were withdrawn were:

— Failing to ensure that equipment was of sufficient size, strength and design to withstand the stresses imposed on it during its operation.

— Failing to ensure the health and safety of a worker.

— Failing to ensure that occupational health and safety regulations were followed at the work site.

 
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