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Toronto supervisor fined $20,000 after fatal elevating platform incident

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Toronto supervisor fined $20,000 after fatal elevating platform incident

TORONTO — A supervisor for a Toronto company has been fined after a worker they employed was fatally injured at the workplace while operating an Elevating Work Platform (EWP).

Yuqin Liu, supervisor, L.Z. Refrigeration Inc., located at 168 Jenny Wrenway in North York, Ont., was convicted July 27, 2022, following the incident which took place at 1870 Birchmount Rd. in Scarborough on March 13, 2020.

Following a guilty plea in Provincial Offences Court in Toronto, Liu was fined $20,000 by Justice of the Peace Felicitas Camposano.

L.Z. Refrigeration Inc. was hired on March 5, 2020, as a subcontractor to install refrigeration panels for a walk-in, cold storage room at a workplace.

On March 13, 2020, at about 1 p.m., the worker was by himself operating an EWP.

The worker activated the EWP joystick for controlling elevation. The platform elevated and as the EWP continued to rise, the worker became trapped between an overhead beam used to support electrical wires and the elevating platform’s guardrail near the control box suffering crushing injuries, states the court bulletin. The worker was unable to free himself and succumbed to his injuries.

Liu failed as a supervisor to ensure that a worker worked in a manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, states the bulletin. They also failed to provide the worker with oral and written instructions or training on the operation of an EWP which includes instructions with respect to the owner’s manual. This is an offence under s. 27(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and, in particular, s. 147(1) of Regulation 213/91.

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