SUDBURY, ONT. — A Sudbury, Ont. paving company has been fined $195,000 after a pedestrian was killed by a road grader in an incident that occurred in September 2015.
Interpaving Limited had been contracted to undertake watermain improvements and repaving in downtown Sudbury, a Ministry of Labour (MOL) statement said.
The conviction was registered March 28.
The MOL said gravel grading operations were underway on Elgin Street between Larch Street and Ste. Anne Road and a road grader was being operated in reverse at an intersection.
The City of Greater Sudbury had a contract with the Greater Sudbury Police Service to provide paid-duty police officers at the project. On that day the city did not provide paid-duty officers to direct and protect motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the site, the release states.
The operator’s visibility was restricted due to a blind spot and the operator was not being assisted at that location by a signaller or a paid-duty police officer.
A pedestrian proceeded into the intersection against a red traffic light and was struck by the reversing grader, suffering fatal injuries.
Sudbury courts found Interpaving and the City of Greater Sudbury failed to comply with section 104(3) of the Construction Projects Regulation (Ontario Regulation 213/91), which states that “operators of vehicles, machines and equipment shall be assisted by signallers if either of the following applies: 1, the operator’s view of the intended path of travel is obstructed; and 2, a person could be endangered by the vehicle, machine or equipment or its load.”