Individual had not received training on use of fall protection equipment, elevating work platforms
Cybertech Controls and Electric of Tecumseh, Ont. has been fined $70,000, plus a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, for a worker injury.
On Feb. 15, 2017, Cybertech was contracted to install new light fixtures and repair existing light fixtures at an industrial facility in Windsor, Ont. A worker employed by Cybertech was tasked with installing new light fixtures at the facility. The worker was working alone and unsupervised.
The worker used an elevating work platform to access the work area, which was located above the ceiling of the room being worked in.
The room had a suspended-type ceiling fabricated of polystyrene panels and metal frames. The height of the ceiling was approximately 21.5 feet (or 6.5 metres).
The worker exited the elevating lift into the ceiling area. The worker was not protected by fall protection and fell through the ceiling of the room to the concrete floor below.
The worker was found injured on the floor of the room by a worker at the facility. The injured worker sustained critical injuries.
The Ministry of Labour investigation found that the injured worker had not received training on the use of fall protection equipment or working at heights, and had not received training on the use of elevating work platforms.
Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures required by the act and regulations are carried out at a workplace.
Section 26.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Regulation) requires that a worker exposed to the hazard of falling 3 meters or more shall be adequately protected by a fall protection system.
Section 25(2)(a) of the act requires an employer to ensure that a worker is provided with information, instruction and supervision to protect the health and safety of the worker.
Cybertech failed to ensure that a worker was adequately protected by a fall protection system in contravention of section 26.1(2) of the Construction Regulation, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the act, and also failed to ensure that a worker was provided with information, instruction and supervision to protect the health and safety of the worker, contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the act.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour