Metal Recycling Company Fined $105,000 After Worker Killed By Excavator
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO - A metal recycling company in Peterborough pleaded guilty and has been fined $105,000 after a worker was killed by an excavator operating in reverse.
The incident took place at the facility in Peterborough on August 18, 2015. A worker was in the yard, adjacent to a narrow roadway, cutting apart the bucket portion of a front-end loader with a cutting torch. This was not the normal area where the worker would have performed this operation; the bucket had been moved to that location by an excavator operated by a co-worker. After dropping the bucket off, the co-worker then affixed the rear bumper of a city bus to the shear attachment of the excavator and proceeded to operate the excavator in reverse along the roadway, pulling the bumper in order to move it to another location close to where the worker was cutting apart the bucket. While reversing, the right rear track of the excavator struck and crushed the other worker, causing fatal injuries.