Welded Tube fined $50,000 after worker injured

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Steel sleeper beams stacked

Welded Tube of Canada Corporation of Concord, Ontario, has been fined $50,000 after a worker was injured by a falling post.

On March 5, 2014, workers at a construction project at 541 Bowes Road in Concord were dismantling and replacing a steel storage system for Welded Tube. The storage system consisted of sleeper beams (7-inch by 7-inch hollow steel tubes) laid out on the ground and vertical upright posts welded onto the sleeper beams.

When a worker cut loose an upright support, it caused the movement of posts that then fell; a worker was struck and injured.

The Ministry of Labour’s investigation found that the sleeper beams had been inadequately anchored to prevent movement. This is contrary to Ontario Regulation 213/91 – the Construction Projects Regulation – which states that “every part of a project, including a temporary structure, shall be adequately braced to prevent any movement that may affect its stability or cause its failure or collapse.” The worker has since returned to full-time duties.

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Accordingly, Welded Tube failed as a constructor to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by the regulation were carried out in the workplace, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Karen Walker. 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. – CINEWS

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