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February 18, 2011

Atlas Dewatering fined for serious injury to worker in Port Dover, Ontario

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Atlas Dewatering Corp., a Concord company dealing in groundwater control, has been fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was severely injured.

Patrick Maher, a supervisor with the company, was also fined $6,000 in relation to the same incident.

On June 12, 2009, Atlas Dewatering was working at the bridge between Chapman Street and Silver Lake Road in Port Dover, Ont. The company was installing a temporary cofferdam so that engineers could inspect the existing dam. Workers were using a crane to install the cofferdam while an electrical conductor remained energized overhead.

A worker came into contact with the crane’s hook and received an electrical shock that caused extensive nerve damage leading to amputation.

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