Iqaluit company fined for allowing smoking inside the workplace

J & N Moving Ltd. to pay $2,000 penalty

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

J & N Moving Services, located on the Federal Road in Iqaluit, was fined $2,000 May 20 for contravening the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)


J & N Moving Services, located on the Federal Road in Iqaluit, was fined $2,000 May 20 for contravening the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)

An Iqaluit moving company has been sentenced under Nunavut’s Safety Act after an inspection found evidence of smoking inside the workplace.

On May 20, a representative of J & N Moving Ltd. appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Iqaluit and pleaded guilty to section 1(a) of the territory’s Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations.

The moving company was then sentenced to a fine of $2,000, and must pay a 15 per cent victims of crime surcharge.

A May 27 release from the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission said the charge stemmed from a February 2015 inspection of the moving company’s Federal Rd. office, where a WSCC safety officer found evidence of smoking in the workplace.

“As an employer, J&N Moving Ltd. failed to control the exposure of workers to environmental tobacco smoke at an enclosed work site,” the commission said in the release.

“It is important that all employers provide safe work environments by prohibiting smoking in an enclosed work site, and outside the enclosed work site within a three-metre radius of any entrance to or exit from the site.”

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