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Orillia Based Company Fined After Concrete Structure Collapsed On Excavator In 2017

Orillia | by Matt Sitler  

A worker suffered a non life threatening injury when a concrete structure collapsed on top of an excavator....

A company that was based out of Orillia has been fined $65,000 after a worker suffered a non-life threatening injury in Thunder Bay district.

On November 14, 2017, the company called 1481410 Ontario Limited carrying on business as SL Marketing, PO Box 836 at 25 Peter Street in Orillia was conducting a demolition operation/construction project at the former Kraft Paper Mill at 1 Baker Road, Red Rock, thunder Bay District.

A worker suffered their injury when a concrete structure collapsed on top of the worker’s excavator.

The Ministry of Labour investigated and determined that even though the company had trained its workers in how to perform demolition work, a second assessment had not been performed following the initial test blast to determine the building’s structural integrity as required by the procedures.

As a result, the company did not provide an appropriate safeguard in the circumstances to prevent injury to a worker.

Following a guilty plea, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill fined 1481410 Ontario Limited $65,000 in provincial offences court in Thunder Bay.

The court also imposed a 25-per-cent 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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