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Workplace fatality results in $135K fine for local contractor

A 25-year-old worker died in a July 2021 accident while repairing a front-end loader

THUNDER BAY — The death of a worker in an accident in a Thunder Bay building contractor's yard has led to a $135,000 fine for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

A 25-year-old man employed by Finn Way General Contractor Inc. sustained fatal injuries on July 16, 2021 when the arm of a front-end loader dropped while he was completing repairs.

The Ministry of Labour laid charges in May 2022, alleging that the company failed to ensure measures and procedures prescribed by law were carried out in the workplace.

According to the ministry, the lack of a procedure, and inability to use a prop or a manufactured support to hold up the arm of the loader while repairs were performed, created a hazard for employees.

Earlier this month, Finn Way pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.

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 fund that assists victims of crime in Ontario.



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