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Company in Vaughan, Ont., fined $85K in death of mechanic from air spring mishap


NEWMARKET – An Ontario company that repairs heavy-duty vehicles and equipment has been fined $85,000 for the death of a mechanic.

Ruggieri Brothers, of Vaughan, Ont., pleaded guilty under provincial health and safety laws.

The worker was killed in May of 2018 while installing a replacement air spring on a dump truck.

The Ministry of Labour says the worker over-inflated an air bag with compressed air and the plastic base exploded.

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The man was killed by the shrapnel.

Evidence indicated that Ruggieri Brothers failed to ensure he was a licensed mechanic or registered apprentice.