Brantford manufacturer fined $70,000 after worker struck by forklift

A worker was partially run over by a forklift that was reversing. There were no barriers, warning signs or other safeguards for the protection of all workers in the area which had both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states that an employer shall ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by the act and regulations are carried out at the workplace. Section 20 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments prescribes that  barriers, warning signs or other safeguards for the protection of all workers in an area shall be used where vehicle or pedestrian traffic may endanger the safety of any worker.

The company failed as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 20 of the regulation were carried out at the workplace. This is an offence pursuant to section 66(1) of the act.

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

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