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Worker killed by falling concrete panel, construction company fined $200,000

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Worker killed by falling concrete panel, construction company fined $200,000

TORONTO — J.N.D. Erectors Limited was fined $200,000 after a worker was killed when a concrete panel fell from a flatbed truck while it was being transferred with a crane and hoist.

The company, which is located in Maple, Ont. and involved in commercial and residential construction, was sentenced June 26, following a trial, by Justice of the Peace Ruby Wong in Scarborough provincial court; Crown Counsels Indira Stewart and Graeme Adams.

The incident occurred March 27, 2017 at a commercial building on Queens Quay East in Toronto. J.N.D. Erectors Limited was a subcontractor on the site which was responsible for erecting panels of preset concrete onto the exterior wall of the building.

The panels arrived on the site transported by a flat-bed truck and a crane and hoist were used to lift the panels from the truck.

An employee of J.N.D. proceeded to unload them.

According to a bulletin issued by the Ministry of Labour, the panels were supported by two A-frames bolted to the truck, with transport chains securing two panels to each other.

The worker unhooked the chains from the first panel, which was hoisted away by crane.

However, while preparing the second panel, which weighed over 6,000 pounds, it shifted and toppled onto the worker.

The worker died from the injuries. A surveillance camera captured the incident.

A Ministry of Labour structural engineer stated in a report that the toppling would have been avoided if the panel had been secured at all times.

The company was found guilty of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 38 of Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation) were carried out, indicates the bulletin.

The regulation provides that “material or equipment at a project shall be stored and moved in a manner that does not endanger a worker.”

J.N.D. Erectors also had a prior health and safety conviction in 2014.

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