Injury to Worker at Kitchener Wastewater Plant Results in $85,000 Fine

January 24, 2017 4:15 P.M.

Ministry of Labour

KITCHENER, ONTARIO - A Mississauga-based scaffolding company pleaded guilty and has been fined $85,000 after a worker was permanently injured in a fall from a faulty scaffold.

The company is a supplier, erector and dismantler of scaffolds at construction projects, with its Ontario head office located in Mississauga. 

They had been retained to supply scaffolds at a construction project which involved upgrades to the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant at 368 Mill Park Drive in Kitchener.

On May 27, 2015, a scaffold crew was dismantling a scaffold that had previously been erected inside the primary digester tank at the wastewater plant. That morning, a sawn lumber plank of the scaffold snapped and broke, and a worker fell about seven metres to the floor of the tank. 

As a result of the fall, the worker suffered permanent injuries and has not returned to work.

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