Lumber Company fined $85k After Fatality

Proceed with Caution

Proceed with Caution

Sentencing took place July 17 in Sudbury, on an Occupational Health and Safety Act matter related to a worker fatality in 2009.

Evans Lumber and Builders Supply Limited, a Sudbury wood and lumber store, was fined $85,000 for two violations. A worker using a boom crane operated by remote control to unload a truck was electrocuted after the boom came in contact with an overhead power line. The worker was electrocuted.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there was no signaller to assist the worker.

Evans Lumber and Builders Supply Limited was convicted of failing to ensure that no object was brought within the specified safe distance from an overhead electrical conductor, and that a competent worker designated as a signaller was in place. Justice of the Peace Monique Seguin fined the company $40,000 on the first count and $45,000 on the second count.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

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