Worker fatally struck by reversing vehicle

Automotive service shop fined nearly $32K

Worker fatally struck by reversing vehicle

Skaha Ford of Penticton, B.C. has been fined $31,612 by WorkSafeBC.


This firm operates an automotive retailer and service shop. WorkSafeBC investigated an incident at the shop where a worker was struck by a reversing vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.


WorkSafeBC determined that, at the time of the incident, the firm's workers were not being adequately supervised, workers had not been adequately instructed about their job responsibilities and corporate policies, and the firm had an inadequate safety management system.


Workers also had not been instructed about the safe movement of vehicles in the shop area. For example, no policies were in place relating to speed, safety signage or sounding the horn before reversing a vehicle.


The firm failed to ensure there were adequate safe work procedures in place to minimize the possibility of a collision in hazardous work areas. Furthermore, the firm failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. These were both high-risk violations. 


Source: WorkSafeBC