Worker injury leads to $45,000 fine for Guelph manufacturer


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Fell off a boom truck at Skyjack plant, sustained critical injuries.

GUELPH, Ont. — A manufacturer of elevating devices has been fined $45,000 by an Ontario court as a result of a worker falling from a boom truck.

Skyjack Inc., a Linamar company that makes elevated material handling equipment such as boom trucks and scissor lifts in Guelph, Ont., entered a guilty plea to not providing a suitable and safe platform for carrying out work, and not taking measures to protect the worker from falling.

The offense occurred Aug. 22, 2018 at the manufacturer’s Guelph plant.

A worker who was removing a flange pin from the truck’s boom was kneeling on top of the vehicle’s cowling, a body cover that was about seven feet above the ground.


The cowling, made of smooth fiberglass, sloped toward the boom, and was only 21 inches wide.

The worker was using pry bars to release the flange pin when the pin gave way, causing the worker to fall backwards off the cowling and sustain critical injuries.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.


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