Sault Ste. Marie Company Fined $70k – OHSA

Photo: Deutsche Fotothek

Photo: Deutsche Fotothek

An investigation prompted by a worker’s death in 2009 led to an inspection of 1531147 Ontario Ltd., operating as Millennium Crane Rentals Ltd. July 16, the company was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The Ministry says Millennium Crane Rentals Ltd. was contracted at a construction project in Sault Ste. Marie. A worker was killed when a company-owned crane rolled into an excavation.

An inspection found that the crane was in a state of disrepair, which “ought to have been noticed by a competent worker inspecting the crane.”

Justice Andrew Buttazzoni found Millennium Crane Rentals Ltd. guilty of failing to ensure that the crane was maintained in a condition that would not endanger a worker, but not that the Crown had proved the lack of maintenance on the crane caused it to roll into the excavation.

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

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