Company Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured
Toronto, ON - Cap Concrete Structures Ltd., a Concord-based concrete-forming company, was fined $70,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On May 13, 2010, in Toronto, a worker was working from an extension ladder. The worker was wearing fall protection and had attached the lanyard to an "A" frame, which had been set in place by a crane. The frame was not in a fixed position and was supported by one point of contact.
The crane operator then caught the frame in the crane's chains, causing the frame to rise from its attachment point. The frame then fell, dragging the first worker to the ground below. The frame also fell on top of that worker, causing serious injuries.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that Cap Concrete Structures Ltd. failed as an employer to ensure that material or equipment at a project shall be stored and moved in a manner that does not endanger the worker.
Cap Concrete Structures Ltd. was fined $70,000 by Justice of the Peace Karin Dresher. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
The crane operator has also been charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and that trial is ongoing.
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