03/20/2014 03:41 EDT | Updated 05/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan employer fined $49K for drowning of worker in canals

REGINA - A Saskatchewan irrigation district has been fined $49,000 in the death of a worker.

The South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District No. 1, Inc. pleaded guilty to one charge under occupational health and safety legislation in Outlook provincial court on March 13.

A worker drowned when he was shutting down a water pump and draining canals near Outlook on Aug. 27, 2012.

The organization pleaded guilty to failure to ensure, insofar as was reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their worker and did thereby cause his death.

Three other charges against the organization were stayed in court.

In 2013-14, there have been 74 convictions for occupational health and safety violations with fines of nearly $540,000.