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Occupational Health and Safety Act charges laid following death of Shelburne County fisherman

Fisherman Jim Buchanan desribed by friends and family as an outgoing man who loved his family.
Fisherman Jim Buchanan desribed by friends and family as an outgoing man who loved his family.

Little Rye Fisheries has been charged with five counts under the Occupational Health and Safety Act following the death of a fisherman on Jan. 7, 2017, off Lockeport.

Jim Buchanan, 44, was lobster fishing aboard the fishing vessel Secret Sea owned by Little Rye Fisheries when he fell overboard.

At the time the crew said it was able to quickly retrieve Buchanan from the water quickly. The fisherman, however, did not survive the incident.

The charges appeared on the docket in provincial court in Yarmouth on Sept. 18 for arraignment.

The charges allege that as an employer, Little Rye Fisheries Ltd.:

• failed to ensure use of a life jacket or personal floatation device or provide an alternative means of protection that ensured an equivalent level of safety to prevent a person from drowning;

• failed to provide instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health or safety of an employee;

• failed to provide and review, at least annually, a written occupational health and safety policy;

• failed to ensure a life jacket or personal floatation device met the following requirements: was approved by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard or the U.S. Coast Guard; was appropriate for the weight of the person who wore it; had sufficient buoyancy to keep a person’s head above water;

• and, failed to have its employees select at least one health and safety representative from among the employees in the workplace.

Jim Buchanan had a nickname of Big Jim or the gentle giant, attributable to his open demeanor and six-foot-four height.

The Little Harbour-based company is owned and operated by Aubrey S. Harding.

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