$110K Fine in “Skyjack Scissor” Accident


Wescast Industries Inc., a manufacturer of vehicle exhaust systems, has been fined $110,000 for an accident that caused arm and head injuries to a worker, in a fall at the company’s Strathroy plant.

In 2011, a worker was operating a “Skyjack scissor,” an elevating work platform. The Skyjack tipped over; a Ministry of Labour investigation found that a tire on the Skyjack drove into an opening in a coolant collection trough and causing the machine to tip over.

Justice of the Peace Anna Hampson found that Wescast failed to ensure that the worksite floor was free from the obstruction or hazard and failed to ensure that a grate for the trough was secured in place. The Brantford company was found guilty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, in July. The $110,000 fine was levied in September, in London Provincial Offences Court.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine.

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