Milton, ON – Island Steel Erectors Limited, an Oakville company that erects steel structures, was fined $85,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.
On December 21, 2010, the driver of a truck carrying bundled steel frames arrived at a construction site at 430 Wyecroft Road in Oakville. The crane that was normally used to unload the bundled frames was not available, so a worker obtained a forklift instead. The driver walked around the truck, removing the chains that secured the load of bundles. With the driver out of sight, the worker attempted to lift the first bundle with the forklift. The bundle slid off the forks and fell to the other side of the truck, where it landed on the driver, causing fatal injuries.
Island Steel Erectors Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that material was moved in a manner that did not endanger a worker.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Debra Huston. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent 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.