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$75,000 FORKLIFT TRUCK INCIDENT

Concrete Contractor Fined $75,000
After Worker Injury

 

A concrete contractor was fined $75,000 after pleading guilty to a violation that resulted in critical injuries to an employee. The incident occurred in 2022 when a worker operated several lifting devices to move concrete products in and out of a casting area at the company’s premises. After delivering the product to the casting area using a forklift truck, the employee returned to an outdoor yard to collect more. While approaching aramp leading to the main building, the employee’s forklift collided with a front-end loader travelling down the ramp, resulting in critical injuries to the forklift operator.

An investigation by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development found that the company had failed to implement a traffic management plan. This simple measure likely would have avoided the incident altogether. Such an oversight was contrary to 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Following a guilty plea, the Provincial Offences Court in London, Ontario, imposed a fine of $75,000 and a 25% victim fine surcharge.

What Could Have Been Done?

Such a tragic accident stresses the importance of following all provincial and OHS regulations. Specifically, it’s essential to implement robust workplace controls, such as traffic management plans, to keep workers safe. Additionally, employers must review workplace controls regularly, and workers should wear personal protective
equipment, such as high-visibility clothing.

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