Bracebridge Handed 50k OHSA Fine


The Town of Bracebridge has been fined $50,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). A young worker was injured while maintaining a hiking trail, in 2011.

Three summer workers employed by the town’s public works department were installing drainage culverts, and adding gravel to the Wilson’s Falls Trail when the accident happened.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that one of the workers was operating a tractor with a front-end loader attachment. While carrying a load of gravel in a raised bucket, down an incline, the worker lost control of the tractor. The tractor and load fell over. The worker’s leg was broken when he was pinned under the tractor.

The Town of Bracebridge pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the safe lifting capacity for the tractor. Justice of the Peace Sue Evans levied the fine at the Nov. 19 sentencing hearing, in Ontario Provincial Court of Justice, Bracebridge.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the $50,000 fine. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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