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Town of Innisf il pleads guilty, f ined after worker is critically injured

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by DCN News Services

BARRIE, ONT. — The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after an incident a year ago when a worker was critically injured while on the job for the town.
Town of Innisf il pleads guilty, f ined after worker is critically injured

According to a media statement issued Aug. 30, on Jan. 27, 2016 three workers employed by the town in its operations department were moving equipment from the maintenance and storage bay at the Innisfil Public Works building to the new Innisfil Operations Centre.

The afternoon shift crew was moving some of the last pieces of equipment and machinery onto a trailer for transport to the new operations centre.

One of the workers was operating the loader and the other two workers alternately assisted the operator.

They loaded five pieces of equipment and machinery onto the trailer without incident.

The workers were moving the last large item that was to go onto the trailer — a six-foot-tall bolts bin shelving unit that held metal items.

The shelving unit was not secured to the loader; one worker walked beside the loader, and as the loader advanced to the trailer, the operator could see less and less of the worker on foot.

The shelving unit made contact with the side of the trailer and the unit fell where the worker on foot was standing, the statement indicated.

The injured worker was unconscious for a time and suffered critical injuries.

The court found the defendant failed to ensure the procedures provided in the Industrial Establishments Regulation (Regulation 851) were properly followed.

Section 56 of that regulation states that where the operator of a vehicle, mobile equipment, crane or similar material handling equipment does not have a full view of the intended path of travel, there must be a competent person acting as a signaller.

The signaller must be stationed in full view of the operator, with a full view of the intended path of travel of the vehicle, mobile equipment, crane or similar material handling equipment and its load.

The signaller must also be clear on the intended path of travel.

Failing to follow the procedures in the regulation is also an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Justice Cecile Applegate imposed a fine of $100,000 on Aug. 3 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

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