Blog Post #1472 – Demolition Firm Penalized

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (Oct. 2016)

A construction firm was fined $50,000 on August 11, 2016, in connection with a worker injury two years earlier.

According to a court bulletin from the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), Sean Teperman Consulting Corp., was demolishing a building in midtown Toronto on April 10, 2014, when a new employee was instructed to stand in the open-box bed of a dump truck to serve as a spotter for an excavator driver, who was moving debris into the truck. During this task, the excavator’s bucket struck the worker. A subsequent Ministry investigation determined that the excavator operator had not been able to see the employee at the time of the incident.

My opinion

The law(s) in contravention:

The company plead guilty to violating the Ontario Construction Projects regulation 213/91, section 101(1) which states,

“No worker shall remain on or in a vehicle, machine or equipment while it is being loaded or unloaded if the worker might be endangered by remaining there.”

Sean Teperman Consulting Corp. was also found guilty of a contravention of the Ontario 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.”

Note: This is the second time I have reported on this particular case but I feel it needed to have been repeated.

Please ensure that your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

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‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
CEO & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.




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