12/30/2015 05:31 EST | Updated 12/30/2016 05:12 EST

Newfoundland And Labrador Justice Department Fined In Drowning Death

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The Justice and Public Safety Department in Newfoundland and Labrador has been fined $70,000 for violating safety rules in the 2013 death of a fish and wildlife enforcement officer.

The department, which was convicted in provincial court in Port aux Choix on Dec. 3, released an agreed statement of facts today as part of the court's sentencing order.

Fifty-seven-year-old Howard Lavers was patrolling an area in western Newfoundland near Bellburns on a snowmobile on Feb. 21, 2013, when he fell through the ice and drowned.

The department was convicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of failure to provide necessary information, instruction, training and supervision and failure to ensure necessary protective clothing and devices were used.

The court also found it failed to ensure written safe work procedures appropriate to the hazards and work activity were included in the employer's safety program.

Under the sentencing order the department must conduct a safety audit and ice safety training for employees and it must report on its progress implementing the measures.

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