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Stouffville firm fined in Burlington bridge mishap

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Stouffville firm fined in Burlington bridge mishap

BURLINGTON, ONT. — A Stouffville, Ont. firm has been convicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for its role in an incident in which a cable broke loose at a worksite at the Burlington Canal Vertical Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ont. and struck multiple workers.

K-Line Maintenance and Construction Limited is a company that provides high voltage electrical construction and power services.

K-Line workers were on site on July 6, 2016 when the mishap occurred, stated a Ministry of Labour release. A rope was being used to pull a cable assembly to replace cabling over top of the span of the bridge. At one point the rope, which was being pulled by a puller/tensioner truck, broke, causing the cable to fling back over the bridge, striking nearby workers.

One worker was critically injured.

Following a trial, K-Line was found guilty of failing as an employer to ensure that the equipment, materials and protective devices provided by the employer were maintained in good condition, contrary to section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. K-Line was fined $150,000 on Oct. 8, 2019 by a justice of the peace in provincial court in Burlington.

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