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Leamington greenhouse fined $120,000 in fatal electrocution

DCN-JOC News Services
Leamington greenhouse fined $120,000 in fatal electrocution

WINDSOR, ONT. — Great Lakes Greenhouses Inc. of Leamington, Ont. has been convicted under Ontario’s Construction Projects Regulation for its role in a 2018 incident in which a worker received a fatal electrical shock while working on a greenhouse expansion project.

The jobsite was on Mersea Road 4 in Leamington, stated a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development bulletin. A worker was rearranging wiring and doing breaker work as well as connecting wires to an electrical panel located in an electrical room. Great Lakes is a grower of cucumbers.

While completing the job, the worker was working with a wire containing 600 volts of power when there was a fatal electrical shock.

The subsequent ministry inspection found that at the time of the incident, the power to the wires with which the worker had contact were not locked out as required by the construction regulation.

It was determined in Windsor provincial offences court that Great Lakes committed the offence of failing to comply with section 183 of the regulation, contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act; that is, for failing to ensure that the electrical equipment in the area of the project was locked out when the worker was performing work with the electrical equipment.

Following a guilty plea, on Oct. 16 Great Lakes was convicted and fined $120,000.

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