MacDonald Steel fined $75,000 for workplace mishap

Worker fell unprotected from a blast room roof, suffered fractures and a concussion.

KITCHENER, Ont. — Custom steel fabricator MacDonald Steel Ltd. was fined $75,000 for an industrial accident involving a worker who fell from the plant’s blast room roof and was critically injured.

The Cambridge, Ont. company pleaded guilty under the Occupational Health & Safety Act to failing to provide supervision.

On Feb. 25, 2012, the worker was checking the rooftop doors of the plant’s blast room to find what was causing a noise. The doors opened and the worker fell 24 feet to the steel grate floor, suffering injuries that included fractured bones and a concussion.

The worker wasn’t wearing a safety harness or any of the available fall-arresting gear. An assigned supervisor was not present when the work began nor was any other person supervising the worker’s activities.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act, which is used to assist victims of crime.