07/27/2013 12:56 EDT | Updated 09/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Injured worker support group says fine against fish company insignificant

HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. - A support group for injured workers says it is disappointed with the sentence against an eastern Newfoundland fish company after a fisherman was seriously injured on the job two years ago.

Barry Group Inc. was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in relation to an incident when a fisherman was struck by a forklift at a wharf in Harbour Grace in August 2010.

The Injured Workers Support Group says the $40,000 fine against Barry Group is insignificant and has swept the incident under the rug.

Spokeswoman Trish Dodd says the victim's injuries were severely downplayed by Occupational Health and Safety.

Dodd says the man suffered both brain and mobility issues as a result of the incident.

The man was not a company employee.

The charges were laid against Barry Group in May 2012 following an investigation.