Contractor fined $150,000 after worker injured when rope on bridge breaks


Ontario Construction News staff writer

Stouffville-based K-Line Maintenance and Construction Ltd. has been fined $150,000 after a worker was critically injured when a rope broke on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge in 2016.

In a statement, the Ministry of Labour says that a rope was being used to pull a cable assembly to replace cabling over top of the bridge’s span.

“The rope being pulled by a puller/tensioner truck broke,” the statement said. “This caused the able to fling back over the bridge, striking multiple workers.”

“The company was found guilty of failing as an employer to ensure that the equipment, materials and protective devices provided by the employer were maintained in good condition, contrary to section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The company, which provides high voltage electrical construction and power services, was sentenced on Oct. 8 by Justice of the Peace Michael Brown in provincial court in Burlington. The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.


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