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Bolton formwork company fined $60,000 following workplace incident

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Bolton formwork company fined $60,000 following workplace incident

TORONTO — Aluma Systems Inc., a company that provides concrete formwork and shoring solutions, has been fined $60,000 after two workers were injured when the shoring under a concrete pouring operation collapsed.

The incident occurred May 6, 2021 at a highrise construction project located at 8119 Birchmount Rd. in  Markham, Ont. Aluma Systems is based in Bolton, Ont.

Following a guilty plea in Provincial Offences Court in Newmarket, Ont., the company was fined by Justice of the Peace Tina Rotondi. The date of the conviction was August 10.

On the day of the incident, 10 concrete finishing workers were pouring concrete from a pump truck onto a defined pour area on the third level of a highrise building when the shoring under the pour area collapsed.

According to a court bulletin, all 10 workers managed to escape the collapse by running toward the edge of the pour area as the floor beneath them was collapsing but two workers were injured.

Concrete workers used drawings designed by Aluma Systems Inc. to build the shoring.

At the area of the collapse, the design of the shoring was capable of withstanding all loads and forces likely to be applied, however, the design of the re-shoring at and around the area of collapse was deficient and was a probable cause of the collapse, a Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development investigation found.

Aluma Systems Inc. did not provide re-shoring drawings for the area of the collapse before the incident.

By failing to communicate clearly to its customer the necessity of appropriate re-shoring design and construction at and around the area of collapse, Aluma Systems Inc. violated section 87(1)(a) of Ontario Regulation 213/90, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, states the bulletin.

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