SW Ontario concrete company fined for forklift crash


Ontario Construction News staff writer

The owner of a concrete company has been fined $75,000 after a forklift and front-end loader collided at its plant in Ilerton, injuring a worker.

In a news release issued on Tuesday (Feb. 27), the province said Coldstream Concrete Limited, 402 Quaker Lane, failed to take every precaution reasonable in protecting a worker at the workplace when the injuries occurred.

A worker was operating several lifting devices, including a forklift and a front-end loader, to move concrete products in and out of a casting area at the company’s main building.

After delivering a product, the worker returned to an outdoor yard with the forklift to pick up another piece.

While on a ramp leading to the main building, the forklift collided with the front-end loader, injuring the forklift operator significantly.

The province said a Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development investigation determined the collision could have been avoided if the company had used a traffic management plan.

In addition to the fine, Coldstream Concrete was ordered to pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.

The surcharge will be credited to a special provincial government fund that assists victims of crime.


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