A Canadian masonry contractor and builder face a fine with a combined total of $170,000, after pleading guilty in the death of a worker. The incident happened in Oct. 2013 when a worker fell from a slippery scaffolding. According to an official press release from Ontario, Canada province:
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the north scaffolding from which the worker fell had numerous components missing:
· entire guardrails in multiple locations on the second and third levels;
· planks without guardrails were used to cross the gaps between the north and west scaffold platforms;
· various rails and cross-brace connections were not secured;
· scaffold planks were of inadequate width and were not cleated or secured against slipping.
No ladders were provided by the employer to access the scaffolding; access was by climbing the metal supports of the north scaffold. These were all violations of Section 125(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation.