Fall From Ladder Results in $50,000 Fine

A worker suffered a critical injury after falling off a step ladder while trying reach a fixed access ladder attached to the side of the building. The worker was trying to access the roof of the workplace. The ladder tipped over when the worker stood on the top cap of the ladder, and the worker fell to the concrete pad below. An investigation conducted by the Ministry of Labour determined that there was no safe means of access to the roof of the facility.

Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act provides that an employer shall take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker at the workplace. The company failed as an employer to take the reasonable precaution of providing a safe means of access to the roof of the facility, contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the act. This is an offense pursuant to section 66(1) of the act.

Ministry of Labour

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