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Members of Concerned Public Officers party square off with members of the PSA after they held a candle light outside PSA Headquarters on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain last night. At left, is PSA president Watson Duke.

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been ordered to pay $38,000 in fines for Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations at its headquarters at Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain.

Industrial Court Judges Herbert Soverall, Wendy Ali and Jillian Bartlett imposed the fines after the association pleaded guilty to 17 violations under the act during a hearing, on Monday.

The association, which represents public servants, is lead by Watson Duke.

While the legislation prescribes much higher fines for the offences, the court only fined the association $2,000 for each offence and an additional $4,000 for not having a valid fire certificate based on its mitigation plea.

The PSA’s lawyers Wendell Seepersad and Felisha Thomas pointed out that their client accepted liability and took steps to remedy the situation.

According to the evidence in the case, the officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority filed the offences after they performed an inspection in November 2017 and found that issues they had raised in it, had not been remedied within the recommended time.

While the court noted that the PSA had taken steps to be compliant, it still imposed the fines as it pointed out that there was an inordinate delay between being notified of the infractions and correcting them.

The PSA was given until January 15 to pay the fines.