Construction Links

Featured Profile
DENTEC SAFETY SPECIALISTS INC.

SMS barrier fabric is a unique tri-laminate construction that offers a high tensile strength and toughness that is also soft, drapable, and easy to work with. This material offers excellent barrier protection while keeping the worker cool and comfortable. SMS provides a fluid and particulate barrier to protect the worker without sacrificing mobility and comfort. Garments constructed of SMS fabric are strong and durable, yet offer outstanding comfort, breathability, softness, and wearability. SMS is lightweight and resistant to tears and punctures.




Company Fined 130,000 After Worker Injured

Toronto, ON - Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation, a Toronto-based company that designs and builds tunnel boring machines (TBMs) used to dig underground circular tunnels, was fined 130,000 on December 22, 2011, for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On September 15, 2010, the TBM involved in the incident had been hydraulically pressurized to ensure its components and functions were working properly. The TBM contained a safety device called an accumulator, which remains pressurized even when the rest of the machine is not pressurized or otherwise operational. The accumulator must be depressurized separately prior to its disassembly. That afternoon, the company failed to confirm that the accumulator had been depressurized, as that person responsible for this task had been directed to help with other work.

Later in the evening, a worker was directed by a supervisor to help two other workers to disassemble and prepare the TBM for shipment. When the crew unscrewed a hydraulic hose that was connected to the accumulator, a jet of hydraulic oil hit the worker in the face and neck. The worker then fell and suffered head injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation, as an employer, failed to ensure the pressure inside the gas compartment of the accumulator was adjusted to atmospheric pressure before a hydraulic fitting was removed.

Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation was fined 130,000 by Justice of the Peace D. Keith Currie. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

 

Court Information at a Glance

Location:                    Ontario Court of Justice

                                   70 Centre Ave.

                                   Toronto, ON

Judge:                        Justice of the Peace D. Keith Currie

Date of Sentencing:   December 22, 2011

Defendant:                 Caterpillar Tunneling Canada Corporation

Matter:                       Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)

                                  Ontario Regulation 851, Section 78

Crown Counsel:         Daniel Kleiman


PRINT STORY


 


SEARCH DATABASE          

Search




logo ad april 2013             safety campaign

article ad apr 2012



CALENDAR OF EVENTS
............................................................................................
Oct 27 - 29:  CanWEA 2014
Oct 28 - 30:  14th Canadian Conference on Buil..
Nov 03 - 06:  2014 APCO Canada Conference & Tra..
Nov 05 - 06:  BUILDEX Calgary 2014
Nov 12:  EcoDistricts: Accelerating District-Sc..

VIEW MORE

............................................................................................


skyscraper april 2013
buildex 2014


dentec logo


start a bus


eifs nov 2012




Friend us on Facebook   FRIEND US   Follow us on Twitter   FOLLOW US



article ad feb2012 article ad april 2013 Montel