Metal manufacturer fined over forklift death

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- 2 May 2024 ( #1177 ) - Ottawa, Canada
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The company pleaded guilty to breaching safety laws
The company pleaded guilty to breaching safety laws

A metal manufacturing company was fined CAD110,000 (USD80,360) after a worker was killed by a metal beam that fell from a forklift.

Performance Finishing and Fabrication, based in Vars, Ontario, pleaded guilty to violating Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act in the Provincial Offences Court in Ottawa, according to an Ontario government court bulletin.

The court heard that in June 2022, the president of the company and an employee were working together to manufacture a steel trailer frame for a mobile home.

The company president was transporting a metal beam on a forklift. The worker was on the ground to steady the beam being lifted.

The metal beam was not secured to the forklift and it fell off, striking the worker and causing fatal injuries.

As well as the CAD110,000 fine, Justice of the Peace Karen Baum also imposed a compulsory 25% surcharge to be credited to a fund to assist victims of crime.

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