Worker dies after stepping off aerial work platform

Edmonton company fined $175,000

Cessco Fabrication & Engineering has been fined $175,000 for the death of a worker. 

On Jan. 19, 2016, a worker was using an aerial work platform to access the top of a round vessel to weld on a fixture at a work site in Edmonton. When the worker stepped out of the aerial work platform and stood on the top of the vessel to setup, the worker fell to the concrete floor 5.7 metres below and received fatal injuries.

Cessco Fabrication & Engineering pleaded guilty to section 139(1)(a) of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, failure to ensure that workers used a fall protection system at a temporary work area where a worker could fall three metres or more. They were fined $5,000 inclusive of the 15 per cent victim fine surcharge. In addition, they were ordered under OHS act section 75 to pay $170,000 in favour of the Manufacturer’s Health & Safety Association for the development of an enhanced fall protection course for companies that have workers who transition from aerial work platforms or other access points to another work platform.

All other charges were withdrawn.

Source: Alberta Labour