07/26/2013 10:52 EDT | Updated 09/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Newfoundland fish company fined after fisherman seriously injured

HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. - An eastern Newfoundland fish company has been fined $40,000 after a fisherman was seriously injured two years ago.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government says Barry Group Inc. was sentenced Thursday in Harbour Grace provincial court after pleading guilty to two violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

A news release says the fisherman, who was not a company employee, was struck by a forklift at a wharf in Harbour Grace in August 2010, resulting in serious injuries that have hindered his mobility.

The charges were laid in May 2012 following an investigation.

The Service Department says the maintenance of the forklift did not meet CSA standards and the company failed to make sure that the man was not exposed to hazards.