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Toronto crane firm fined after worker killed at Innisfil, Ont. facility

A worker was cutting apart a decommissioned tower crane for disposal when the crane's jib section collapsed


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INNISFIL, Ont.—An Ontario company that sets up and maintains tower cranes at construction sites has been fined $95,000 after a worker was killed while cutting a crane into smaller sections at its Innisfil, Ont. facility.

After removing cranes from work sites, Toronto Crane Service Inc. stores a number of the decommissioned pieces of equipment at its facility north of Toronto.

According to the Ministry of Labour, a worker was working to cut one of the decommissioned tower cranes apart for disposal when the incident occurred in June 2016. The worker made a number of cuts to separate the crane’s jib section from its heel section. When making the final cut, however, the jib section of the crane lost stability, tipped over and fell onto the worker.

The worker sustained fatal injuries in the accident.

The company pleaded guilty to violating the province’s safety act for failing to ensure the crane was secured and would not tip.


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