Briefs include: Yellowknife construction owner facing community service, new CEO for Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority, and Highway 63 construction back in full swing this summer.
Yellowknife construction owner facing community service
The owner of YK Construction is facing a fine and community service after pleading guilty to a charge under the NWT Safety Act that led to a worker sustaining serious injury at a worksite in Yellowknife. Dennis Tung pled guilty to one charge of failing to ensure safe practices and procedures were followed while one of his workers was attempting to cut a fuel drum to size in August 2012. The worker suffered serious burns after the fuel drum exploded when he was cutting into it with a power tool. Tung was fined $15,000 and sentenced to seven months of probation and community service.
New CEO for Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority
A new face will join the Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority (DHSSA) as chief executive officer this fall. Jim Antoine, public administrator for the DHSSA, announced on May 28 that Donna Allen will be leaving her current role as director of Territorial Health Services to take on the CEO position for the authority in September. Allen’s resumé includes jobs as a nurse, manager of home care for the Stanton Territorial Health Authority, vice president of operations for the Workers’ Compensation Board of the NWT and managerial positions with the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority.
Highway 63 construction back in full swing this summer
With summer working conditions well on their way, the $1-billion Hwy. 63 twinning project from Hwy. 55 to Fort McMurray is kicking into high gear. The department of Transportation is warning motorists to take caution when driving in the construction zone, which is currently a 173-km stretch between Grassland and Fort McMurray. Around 650 workers and 470 pieces of equipment are expected to be out during the summer construction season. Highway construction is currently on schedule, according to the latest update from the department. By fall 2015, 70 per cent of the 240-kilometre corridor will be complete and open to traffic.