On April 24, 2018, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) filed five charges in the Northwest Territories’ Territorial Court under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act against a grocery store company.
The North West Company Inc. and the North West Company LP are charged with multiple counts in violation of the Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including failing to “provide information, instruction, training, and supervision that is necessary to protect the health and safety of workers by not ensuring that workers performing repairs on a worksite were trained in appropriate hazard assessment and safe work procedures for hazardous substances including asbestos and mould,” according to a press release from the WSCC.
The alleged breaches stem from information gathered during and after an inspection at the Northern Store in Fort Resolution.
The same store was found to be in violation of the Food Establishment Safety Regulations in 2016, according to an inspection report.
The Northwest Company currently operates 121 stores in the north, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 31st in Fort Resolution.
The North West Company could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.