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News » Canada » Critical injuries bring fine for Ontario contractor » published 6 Oct 2017

Critical injuries bring fine for Ontario contractor

An Ontario contractor has been fined CA$50,000 after a worker suffered critical injuries from a fall.

The accident happened in November 2015 at a site where Thomson Construction Ltd of 6904 London Line in Watford, Ontario was working.

The worker fell from the roof of a barn under construction to the ground, suffering critical injuries. Two workers employed by Thomson Construction Ltd were at work strapping roof trusses on the barn. While strapping the trusses, one of the workers stepped on a defective strap. The strap broke and the worker fell from the roof to the ground, a distance of about 6.7m. The worker suffered critical injuries. There was no fall arrest system to protect the worker from falling. Although wearing a harness affixed with a lanyard, there was no anchor point or lifeline on the roof to which the lanyard could have been connected.

Under Ontario's health and safety laws the worker should have been protected from falling with a properly-used fall arrest system.   

Thomson Construction Ltd was fined CA$50,000 after pleading guilty. The court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge, which is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.



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This article was published on 6 Oct 2017 (last updated on 6 Oct 2017).

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