Worker fatally injured by an electrical shock

Staff
February 14, 2017
Written by Staff
Newmarket, Ont. – Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.

On July 16, 2015, a Konecranes worker arrived to repair a 20-ton overhead gantry crane at Van-Rob Inc., an auto parts manufacturer located at 25 Mural Street in Richmond Hill. The worker was later joined by a Konecranes manager who wanted to see the repairs.

The worker and manager used a scissor lift to reach the crane and the worker continued repairs. While in the scissor lift, the manager received an electrical shock; the power source to the crane is rated at 600 volts. The manager was taken to hospital but died from the injury.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a Konecranes Canada Inc. worker did not follow the energy isolation and verification procedures set out in the Konecranes safety manual. That was contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which states that an employer shall take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.

Source: Ministry of Labour

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