Lumber Mill Fatality Results in $250,000 Fine

A worker was killed while operating a loader with fork attachments. The worker was tasked with removing bundles of wood from the lumber mill’s kiln and placing them in the yard. There was no eye witness to the incident.

The loader rolled forward and pinned the worker between the loader and the wood bundle.The worker died as a result of the subsequent injuries.

The company was found guilty of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed in section 57 of Ontario’s Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation) were carried out in the workplace, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that is, that a vehicle left unattended shall be immobilized and secured against accidental movement. 

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