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News » Canada » Road contractor fined over worker’s asphalt burns » published 6 Mar 2018

Road contractor fined over worker’s asphalt burns

A road maintenance contractor based in Guelph, Ontario, has been fined CA$70,000 after a worker was burned by asphalt at one of its sites.

The convicted company is 2228977 Ontario Inc, operating as R&N Maintenance also known as Rann Maintenance, of 8066 Wellington Road 124, RR#1, Guelph, Ontario.  The incident happened at the intersection of Danforth Avenue and Logan Avenue in Toronto.

The worker received critical injuries after a kettle with molten asphalt sealant was spilled in September 2016.

The injured worker was a member of a crew performing road maintenance. While travelling a short distance between sites, workers were instructed to ride in the back of a truck. The truck also contained a functioning kettle with molten asphalt sealant with a temperature of about 165°C. The truck stopped abruptly and the molten material in the kettle spilled onto one worker, causing serious injuries.

The Ministry of Labour investigation determined the company failed as an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. This was a violation of Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.  

Following a guilty plea, Rann Maintenance was fined CA$70,000 in Toronto Court. The court also imposed a 25% 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.



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This article was published on 6 Mar 2018 (last updated on 6 Mar 2018).

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