Town of Bracebridge Fined $50,000 After Young Worker Injured
BRACEBRIDGE, ON - The Town of Bracebridge has been fined $50,000 for a violation of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a young worker was injured while maintaining a hiking trail.
On August 31, 2011, three workers employed for the summer by the town's public works department were installing drainage culverts and adding gravel to the Wilson's Falls Trail.
One of the workers was operating a tractor with a front-end loader attachment and carrying a load of gravel. While driving the tractor down an incline, the worker lost control of the tractor and its load. The tractor rolled over and pinned the worker by the leg, resulting in multiple fractures.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker lost control of the tractor and its load because of the weight being carried by the raised bucket and the incline it was travelling on. The Town of Bracebridge pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the safe lifting capacity for the tractor.
Judgment as to the sentence took place on November 19, 2013. The fine of $50,000 was imposed by Ontario Provincial Court Justice of the Peace Sue Evans.
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 Pine Street
Judge: Justice of the Peace Sue Evans
Date of Sentencing: November 19, 2013
Defendant: Town of Bracebridge
1000 Taylor Court
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Convictions: Occupational Health and Safety Act
Crown Counsel: Jennifer Malabar