TORONTO — Pipe & Piling Supplies (Central) Limited was fined $50,000 after a worker sustained critical injuries when they became pinned between a rail car and a front-end loader.
The incident occurred on April 8, 2021 at Pipe & Piling Supplies (Central) Limited, 36 Towns Road in Toronto. The conviction was handed down Nov. 4 following a guilty plea in the Ontario Court of Justice, Old City Hall by Justice of the Peace Vladimir Bubrin and Crown Counsel Dan Phelan.
On the date of the incident, a worker was using the forks of a front-end loader to move an empty rail car along railway tracks.
Once at the desired location, the worker jumped onto the rail car to access the hand brakes, but the rail car rolled backwards, states a court bulletin, adding the worker became pinned between the rail car and the front-end loader.
According to the bulletin, Pipe & Piling Supplies Limited failed, as an employer, to ensure that the unattended flatbed railcar was immobilized and secured against accidental movement, as prescribed in s. 57 of Ontario Regulation 851, contrary to s. 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.