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Saturday, 19 July 2014

July 2014 "Peak Power" Video Showing Sam Fitzpatrick at Kiewit Toba Project

I don't know how long this link will work. The last one worked for several months before it went dead.

This is a professionally produced Discovery Channel show that features some of the main players at the Kiewit Toba/Montrose IPP project.

There are few things to look at.

1. You will see Sam and Arlen Fitzpatrick talking about the inherent dangers on that project...shortly before Sam was killed by a large boulder that came from the work-site above him.

2. The hellbent drive to make schedule and profits by the managers is weaved into all aspects of the documentary. Safety appears to be a nuisance.

3. In the brief scenes with Jim McBride at the accident scene, the background is littered with uncountable loose rocks and boulders on the steep slope.

4. The avalanche technician in the video, was later involved in the helicopter crash at the Toba/Montrose site.
news story here...
 http://www.courierislander.com/news/local/chopper-crashes-in-path-of-dynamited-avalanche-1.125372

5. And let's not gloss over all the workers killed in the plane crash while flying to the job-site.
 http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=171bbaf0-97c6-49d1-a155-23c54756cf68


click the link for the video....
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLy3kVpyzVMbWRZUUNkQ0N0Nmc/edit?usp=sharing

The appeal process to reinstate the full $250,000 fine against Kiewit ( pennies to a 12 billion dollar a year corporation ) is still in play....lead bravely by Sam's dad...Brian Fitzpatrick . At the moment, the Kiewit appeals process has reduced the WorkSafeBC fine to around $90,000.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

June 2014 Update on Brian Fitzpatrick/Sam Fitzpatrick WorkSafeBC Appeal

I'll make this quick so that your eyes don't glaze over.

Sam was killed at the Kiewit project at Toba Inlet in Feb of 2009 as the result of a huge boulder rolling down from a work-site above him

WorkSafeBC used these words to describe Kiewit management

[111] In these circumstances, we would describe it as "heedless," "wanton,"
"extreme," "gross," and "highly irresponsible" for the employer to have
known that there was a potential for rocks to roll through the worksite but
not take adequate steps to contain this risk by way of a detailed and
carefully monitored scaling program.



WorkSafeBC investigators used these words to describe the actions of the  multi billion dollar American construction company that Kiewit is...regarding the rock fall incident that killed Sam.


Lack of post-blasting inspections
 Slopes insufficiently scaled as work progressed
Deficient site co-ordination and communication
 Unsafe work assignments and deficient safety supervision
 Drilling below incompletely scaled slopes
Machine-scaling uphill from drilling crew
 Lack of adequate safety oversight systems

Lack of effective risk assessment
 
 Deficient safety planning and supervision

Reckless disregard .....

From a meeting with the BC Federation of Labour
 Brian Fitzpatrick, whose son Sam was killed on a Kiewit job site at Toba Inlet, also spoke at the meeting. He noted that while the WCB found “gross negligence” on the part of the employer, no charges were recommended and the RCMP did not investigate the incident for criminal negligence. Brian said there was a real problem in a system where the judges could not even hear the cases because there was no proper police investigation.
Kiewit was penalized $250,000 by the WCB, but no charges were ever laid. The company is appealing the penalty for the second time, refusing to take responsibility for the accident.



Brian Fitzpatrick won the 1st appeal against Kiewit when they fought to have to 250,000 dollar fine reduced.
Kiewit appealed a 2nd time. On this go around, the tribunal could not find enough evidence to prove that the boulder that killed Sam came from the active worksite. The fine was reduced to about 90,000 bucks.
 Brian is now forced to prove that the boulder did indeed come from the worksite as a result of construction activity....either directly from the machines working up there...or from loosened material.

Brian has engaged a new lawyer ( June/2014 ) with the help of the workers advisory office of WorkSafeBC. This is to guide him through the process of a judicial review and/or reconsideration of the tribunal decision.

Experts are lined up to testify about the origins of the boulder.
Hard questions are being asked about the accuracy of witness testimony
Photos of the site are being analyzed for evidence.
New evidence is being sifted through.
Evidence of other PKS accidents being covered up are being investigated.
Legal opinions are being sought in regards to getting the cause of death changed to Homicide due to negligence.
5 years and counting.

P.S.  90,000 dollars is about 4 minutes of income for the 12 billion dollar a year Fortune 300 company.

2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

First off...I was taken by surprise when I walked onto the previous site of the car show and found Philippine Days in full swing. That was a bit disorienting...but luckily I could see bright red sports cars across the way on the north field. New setup for this year.

Then it rained. Lightning and thunder over downtown Vancouver.

I worked to keep the rain off the camera lens and still get images of the few diehards that showed up in the face of threatening weather.

It became obvious after a bit that not all the cars that I usually see were here...in fact they were going to another site at the bottom of Lonsdale...the site of the old boat shops. This was as result of the city giving the original site to the Philippines Days people. When the car folks complained, the city said to move the date of the car show....Which kinda defeats the whole Fathers Day thing.

I went for lunch, and lo and behold the sun came out....so naturally I had to go back and make another pass through both sites.

Line up of super cars on Esplanade in North Van






2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver




2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver





2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver










2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


About 10 days ago I was taking photos of paddle wheelers in New Orleans...this is Burrard Inlet in Vancouver...on my way over to the 2nd venue.


Pantera...I do love a nice Pantera...sadly...didn't get one for Fathers Day


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

Not sure what this was all about...a Jackson Pollock Citroen



2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver




2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver




2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver

2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver









The fella in yellow was the event organizer this year. He told me that in 2015, all the vehicles will be back at waterfront park...all in one place. ...If you know this guys name...or you are him...drop a line so that I can insert it here....maybe contact info too.


2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver






2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver



2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver




2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver



2014 Fathers Day French/Italian Car Show in North Vancouver