Construction Company Fined $50,000

A Toronto heavy construction company was fined $50,000 for not having a “spotter” present when a excavator came into contact with energized wires when its boom was lifted. On the previous day, the employer assigned a signaler or “spotter” to assist around overhead energized conductors.

Section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires an employer to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker, to protect the health or safety of the worker. On February 8, 2018, Coco Paving Inc. failed as an employer to provide information to a worker regarding who was assigned to act as a signaler for an excavator, contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the act.

Ministry of Labour

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