February 28, 2011
Springside Paving & Construction fined in worker’s death in Vaughan, Ontario
Springside Paving & Construction Limited, a Woodbridge, Ont. paving company, was fined $100,000 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.
On July 13, 2009, three workers from the paving company were working at a residential property in Vaughan, Ont. They were asked to remove and replace the asphalt driveway and re-level the interlocking walkway in front of the property.
After they disconnected a trailer from their truck, a worker got into the vehicle and slowly reversed it towards the work site.
The truck ran over and killed another worker.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found there was no signaller present when the truck was reversing. Springside Paving & Construction Limited pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the vehicle operator was assisted by a signaller if the operator’s view of the intended path of travel is obstructed or if a person may be endangered.
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