Metal fabricator fined $125,000 for death of worker

Killed while lifting conveyor frames with a crane to place on support structure.

February 12, 2018

WINDSOR, Ont. — A metal fabricator of conveyors in Essex County was fined $125,000 for the death of worker in accident on Nov. 16, 2016 involving a crane.

R. J. Cyr Co. Inc., which operates a plant in Maidstone, Ont. where it specializes in conveyors, entered a guilty plea in a Windsor court to failing to secure equipment to prevent tipping.

The worker was assigned to do touch-up work on a steel frame or base for a conveyor. The 33.5 inch by almost 23 feet  and 1,228-pound skid was lifted by a five-ton overhead crane to lift from a pile, and placed it on its side on a support structure, followed by a second skid. The crane was detached from the skids but they weren’t secured to the support structure.

As the worker was securing one of the skids to the support structure with clamps, it tipped. The worker was pinned to the concrete floor and died. Although there were no witnesses, the accident was captured on a security surveillance video.

The Ministry of Labour investigation found no evidence the worker had been instructed not to disconnect the conveyor skid from the overhead crane until the skid was secured to the support structure

The company was found to have failed to ensure measures and procedures prescribed by section 46 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation were carried out. The section of the regulation states that “machinery, equipment or material that may tip or fall and endanger any worker shall be secured against tipping or falling.

A 25% victim fine surcharge was added to the fine as required by the Provincial Offences Act.


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