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Sask. processor fined $32K over worker injuries

A Saskatoon company using flax and borage to make healthy food ingredients has been fined for worker health and safety violations.

Bioriginal Food and Science Corp. has pled guilty in Saskatchewan Provincial Court to six charges under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and was fined $32,050.

The charges had stemmed from two separate incidents at the company’s processing plant, in 2007 and 2009, the province said in a release Friday.

Three other related charges were stayed by the Crown, the province noted.

The company was charged following an October 2007 incident in which a 26-year-old worker fell from the top of an expeller press at the plant.

Other charges followed an incident in January this year in which a 27-year-old worker was injured by an exposed auger while clearing a clogged seed expeller.

The charges related to safety standards regarding the use of a safe working platform, safe use of a machine and supervision of work, the province said.

Bioriginal distributes essential fatty acids such as omega-3, -6 and -9, processed in formats such as oil, milled seed and “functional food” ingredients. The company sources the compounds from borage, flax and fish.

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