[author: Adrian Miedema]
Company presidents are at risk of charges and fines under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This is another example.
A company president, who was also the worker’s supervisor, has been personally fined $10,000.00 in relation to the worker’s death.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s press release, the worker was replacing a tire on an excavator at a customer’s workplace in Erin. The worker used two jacks to lift the rear of the excavator, with at least one jack on a wooden block. There were no other stands supporting the vehicle. While the worker was under the excavator, it tipped off the jacks, fatally crushing the worker.
Holmes Tire Inc., a commercial tire supplier and the worker’s employer, was also fined $75,000.
Both the employer and the president/supervisor pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the excavator was securely and solidly blocked to prevent it from moving or falling on the worker.