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Company fined $50,000 after London-area fall

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by DCN News Services

LONDON, ONT.—Thomson Construction Ltd. of Watford, Ont. was recently fined for its role in a falling incident that occurred in the Township of Middlesex Centre two years ago.
Company fined $50,000 after London-area fall

The incident took place Nov. 4, 2015 at a workplace on Thirteen Mile Road in the township. A Ministry of Labour media statement recounted that two workers employed by Thomson were constructing a hog barn and on the day of the incident they were strapping roof trusses on the barn.

While engaged in the work, 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 6.7 metres. The worker suffered critical injuries.

The court found the worker was not protected by any method of fall protection. 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, the statement said.

During a trial in London, Ont. that concluded with a conviction and fine on Oct. 2, the firm pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to ensure that the measures and procedures provided by Section 26.1(2) of the Construction Projects Regulation/Ontario Regulation 213/91, were carried out in the workplace, contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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