N.S. dairy farmer fined $25,000 after worker drowns in manure pit

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SHUBENACADIE, N.S. - A Nova Scotia dairy farmer has been fined $25,000 after a young worker drowned in a manure pit on his property in 2006.
Mark Sutherland pleaded guilty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
In a decision released Wednesday, provincial court Judge Anne Derrick said that Gary Boake ''met a ghastly and tragic death'' after he and his tractor fell into an unsecured manure pit on Aug. 13, 2006.
According to an agreed statement of facts, the 19-year-old had come to work after a night of drinking and had not slept.
His blood alcohol concentration was ''significantly over the legal limit for operating any kind of vehicle.''
Derrick said Boake placed himself at risk, but Sutherland failed to secure the pit, which had a damaged barricade removed while awaiting a replacement.

Geographic location: SHUBENACADIE, Nova Scotia

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