December 12, 2005

Pesticide sprayer fined for failing to take proper safety precautions

BROOKS, ALTA-J Kuhn Enterprises was fined $5,000 after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to take appropriate safety measures before applying a pesticide. In June 2003, John Kuhn was spraying the pesticide Malathion 500 from the air onto an alfalfa field near Rosemary, Alberta. Six contract oilfield workers employed by Encana were sprayed by droplets of the Malathion. Kuhn stopped spraying when he noticed the workers, who were taken to hospital suffering from headaches, sore throats and nausea. One worker was kept overnight and released. Encana reported the incident, leading to an investigation by Alberta Environment. There is no evidence that the oilfield workers who were sprayed suffered long-term effects from exposure to the pesticide, and Kuhn apologized to them.

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