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Major fine for Ontario contractor after worker killed in incident involving improper rigging

November 28, 2019   By On-Site Staff

A worker death on a construction site in Listowel, Ont. has resulted in a fine of $150,000 for Kurtis Smith Excavating Inc. after a guilty plea in court Nov. 26.

The incident took place in May 2018 when three workers, one operating an excavator, were installing four metal bollards around a wellhead, the Ministry of Labour said.

Three of the 725-kilogram (1,600-pound) protective posts were installed without issue, but because of space constraints, the workers used a metal chain attached to the excavator to hoist the final bollard into a four-foot excavation. One worker was in the hole when the bollard slipped off the chain and fell into the excavation. The worker was struck and killed.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined none of the three workers had received hoisting or rigging training and that the metal chain used was not designed for hoisting.

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The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires “A container, sling or similar device” be used for rigging or hoisting.


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