Con-Cast Pipe Inc. Fined $70,000 After Young Worker Injured by Steel Pallet
August 16, 2017
GUELPH, ON - Con-Cast Pipe Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $70,000 after a 1,100-pound steel pallet fell on a young worker, causing critical injuries.
The incident took place on August 18, 2015 in the yard of the company's facility located at 299 Brock Road South in Guelph.
On the day of the incident, the worker had loosened the pallets on a number of concrete boxes. A fork lift driver was assisting with the final separation of the pallets from the concrete boxes; the worker and the fork lift driver were working their way down the row of concrete boxes with loosened pallets.
During the separation of one of the remaining pallets, the worker was standing in front of the next concrete box in line when its corresponding steel pallet began to fall on its own. The steel pallet caught the worker's leg, pinning the worker to the ground. The driver used the fork lift to lift the pallet from the worker and coworkers attended to provide first aid before emergency services arrived. The worker suffered critical injuries.
The Ministry of Labour's investigation revealed that the employer failed to take the reasonable precaution of spacing the concrete boxes adequately apart before workers commenced removal of the steel pallets, and that the employer had failed to take the reasonable precaution of completely removing each steel pallet from its concrete box before moving on to loosening adjacent boxes.
Con-Cast Pipe Inc. pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker, contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
This is the second time Con-Cast Pipe Inc. has been convicted for a violation of the OHSA. In 2010, the company was convicted under the same section of the OHSA and was fined $55,000.