Encore Steel fined $75,000 for worker fatality

Mishap occurred while loading steel beams on a truck.

June 4, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

OTTAWA — Ottawa steel fabricator Encore Steel was fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) following the death of a worker last year.

On June 4, 2012, two workers were loading steel beams onto a truck at an Encore Steel industrial facility in Ottawa. When the truck was loaded, one of the workers climbed onto the cargo of beams to ensure they were stable and to help strap them down.

While standing on the load, the worker instructed the other to use a forklift to move a beam closer to the middle of the truck. The beam slipped off the forks, knocked the worker off the truck 2.9 metres to the ground, resulting in fatal injuries.

Encore Steel pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that materials were lifted, carried, or moved in a way that did not endanger a worker.

The Ontario Provincial Court also imposed a 25% 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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