Blog Post #1089 – Company Fined $125,000 for Death of Worker Struck by Falling Conveyor Frame

Blog Post #1089 – Company Fined $125,000 for Death of Worker Struck by Falling Conveyor Frame

Excerpt from the government of Ontario’s ‘Newsroom’

A worker working for R.J. Cyr Company Inc., was killed, on November 16, 2016, at their Maidstone facility while lifting conveyor frames with a crane and placing them on a support structure. The materials should have been clamped to the support structure before detaching the crane.

A worker was assigned to do touch-up work on a “conveyor skid.” The skid was essentially the steel frame or base for a conveyor; it was 33.5 inches wide and 22 feet, 9 inches long, weighing 1,228 pounds.

The worker used an overhead five-ton crane to lift one skid from a pile, and placed it on its side on a support structure. A second skid was similarly positioned. The overhead crane was then detached from the skids. The skids were not clamped to the support structure or otherwise secured when the crane was detached.

As the worker was securing one of the skids to the support structure with clamps, it tipped toward the worker, knocking the worker backward and pinning the worker to the concrete floor.

The worker was killed in the incident. There was no witness, but it was captured on a security surveillance video.

The Ministry of Labour investigation found no evidence that the worker had been instructed not to disconnect the conveyor skid from the overhead crane until the skid was secured to the support structure.

The company failed as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed.

My opinion,

The law(s) in contravention

R.J. Cyr Company Inc. was found guilty of a contravention of the Ontario ‘Industrial Establishments’ sector regulation 851/90, section 46 which states,

“Machinery, equipment or material that may tip or fall and endanger any worker shall be secured against tipping or falling.”

This was contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), section 25, subsection 1(c) which states,

“An employer shall ensure that,

(c) the measures and procedures prescribed are carried out in the workplace.”

Policies and procedures, training and JHAs (job hazard analyses) are part of the daily workplace operations. All operations MUST have a set of written work instructions prior to any work is to be done. In fact, R.J. Cyr Company could have been charged under section 25, subsection 2(a) which states,

“An employer shall,

  • provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker.”

Again, if the supervisor was not aware of his/her responsibilities in this matter then section 25, subsection 2(c) is in contravention. It states,

“An employer shall,

  • when appointing a supervisor, appoint a competent person.”

I do hope that R.J. Cyr has hired a safety professional to work out the bugs and get them on the road to a safer workplace.

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259 We can also be reached at

Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.