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M. Fuda Contracting Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worke

Author | Safety Reporter
Posted by SafetyON | September 21, 2016

BARRIE, ONTARIO - M. Fuda Contracting Inc., a company providing construction site servicing, has been fined $60,000 after a worker was killed in a fall.

M. Fuda Contracting Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worker Killed From Fall in Trench

On February 4, 2014, workers were dismantling and removing trench boxes from a 20-foot deep excavation site at a construction project located at Bayview Drive and Churchill Drive in Barrie, Ontario. Two workers were removing pins that connected two trench boxes stacked one on top of the other. One worker stood on a ladder to reach the pin. After the last pin was removed the upper trench box shifted, and the worker on the ladder fell. That worker later died from head injuries.

The Ministry of Labour investigated and found that the upper trench box was not stabilized during the removal of the pins. The workers had not received any training on how to safely remove trench boxes from an excavation site. This was in violation of section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

M. Fuda Contracting Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Susan Hilton on September 20, 2016 in Barrie. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Court Information at a Glance

Location:
Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice
45 Cedar Pointe Drive
Barrie, Ontario

Judge:
Justice of the Peace Susan Hilton

Date of Sentencing:
September 20, 2016

Defendant:
M. Fuda Contracting Inc.
60-175 Stanley Street
Barrie, Ontario

Matter:
Occupational health and safety

Conviction:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 25(2)(a)

Crown Counsel:
Jai Dhar

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