Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place fined $110,000 for health and safety violation

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Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place fined $110,000 for health and safety violation

PERTH, ON, Jan. 11 - The Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place, a municipality located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of Ottawa, was fined $110,000 on January 9, 2007 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious head injuries to an employee. On June 9, 2005, a municipal worker was standing over a newly-installed watermain chamber while conducting a pressure test when a test pipe assembly suddenly dislodged from a "mainstop" (a brass valve) and struck the worker in the head. The worker was taken to hospital in an unconscious state. Prior to the incident the test pipe assembly had been connected to the watermain using the mainstop. The test assembly dislodged as pressure was introduced into the watermain. The incident occurred at a construction project involving road, sewer and watermain reconstruction on George Street from Bridge Street to Baines Street in Carleton Place. A Ministry of Labour investigation found the: - mainstop had been used on several previous occasions and was missing a stainless steel gripper. The lack of a gripper resulted in a lack of grip by the mainstop to the test assembly's copper pipe; - mainstop was not properly adjusted, a situation that reduced the mainstop's ability to grip and hold the test assembly in place; - use of hard copper in the test pipe assembly may also have contributed to the lack of the required grip; - location of a pressure gauge on the test pipe assembly was also hazardous. It was located midway on the assembly in a manner that required a worker to look straight down at the test pipe assembly to take a reading; and the - Town of Carleton Place failed to conduct a hazard assessment and develop appropriate safe procedures, including the use of suitable equipment, prior to undertaking the pressure test. Contact Info The Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to take the reasonable precaution of developing and implementing safe procedures for pressure testing a watermain. This was contrary to Section 25(2)(h) of the act. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Brian Mackey of the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth. In addition, 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 80 Gore Street East Perth, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Brian Mackey Date / Time: January 9, 2007, 9 a.m. Defendant: Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place Matter: Occupational Health & Safety ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca For further information: Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Grainne McGrath, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (613) 727-2850 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Grainne McGrath, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (613) 727-2850