Brantford company fined $220K after worker killed on the job

A numbered Ontario company operating in partnership as Patriot Forge was fined $220,000 after a worker was killed at the Henry Street plant in Brantford in March 2022.

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The company — 2236376 Ontario Inc. of Fort Erie Fort Erie — operates in a partnership as Patriot Forge Co.

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The company pleaded guilty and was convicted on March 26 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure an overhead crane was blocked and prevented from movement during maintenance, the Ministry of Labor said in a release.

According to the labor ministry, two workers using a scissor lift tried to troubleshoot a 25-ton overhead crane that had been taken out of service due to a malfunctioning hoist. When the workers weren’t able to determine the problem, the crane was put back into service.

The crane malfunctioned again later that day and the workers again used a scissor lift to bring them up towards the side of the crane to reassess the problem.

As the workers were completing the task, the crane chassis began to move toward the scissor lift holding the workers. The platform was tipped over and the workers fell about 21 feet to the concrete floor, said the ministry.

One worker died and the other worker suffered critical injuries.

In addition to the $220,000 fine, the company was also issued a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.

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