Canadian Manufacturing

Ball Construction Inc. fined $55K after two workers injured

The court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge

March 5, 2020  by CM Staff

Following a guilty plea, Kitchener, Ont.-based Ball Construction Inc. has been fined $55,000 after two workers were injured back in 2018.

In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

The incident took place on Jul. 18, 2018, when two workers employed by a subcontractor to Ball commenced work near some abandoned press pits and trenches, which were behind caution tape. While doing so, the subcontracted workers decided to use an elevated work platform and moved wooden wall sections that were on the floor to create space.

Unknown to the workers, the wall sections were covering an abandoned press pit approximately three meters deep. When the two workers together picked up and attempted to push the wall sections out of the way, both fell into the pit and suffered injuries.

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Investigation by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development determined that caution tape and pylons did not meet the requirements for guardrails installed around the trenches or press pit.