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Fall during crane repair results in fine of $180,000 for health and safety violation

Hamilton, ON -- Oct. 23, 2002 -- National Steel Car Limited, a Hamilton, Ont., based manufacturer of rail cars, was...


Hamilton, ON — Oct. 23, 2002 — National Steel Car Limited, a Hamilton, Ont., based manufacturer of rail cars, was fined $180,000 on Sept. 5, 2002 for a violation of the Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act that resulted in the death of a maintenance worker.

On August 15, 2000, an employee was doing repair work on an overhead crane when the worker fell about 6.7 metres (22 ft) to the floor below. A Ministry of Labour investigation found the worker was not wearing any fall protection equipment. The worker died because of the fall. The incident occurred at National Steel Car’s plant on Kenilworth Ave. North in Hamilton.

National Steel Car pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure the worker wore fall protection equipment when exposed to the hazard of falling more than three metres (9.8 ft). The fine was imposed by Justice Anton Zuraw of the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton.