Konecranes Canada fined after worker dies

Manager fatally injured by an electrical shock in 2015

February 8, 2017

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO—Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.

On July 16, 2015, a Konecranes worker arrived to repair a 20-ton overhead gantry crane at Van-Rob Inc., an auto parts manufacturer in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The worker was later joined by a Konecranes manager who wanted to see the repairs.

The worker and manager used a scissor lift to reach the crane and the worker continued repairs.

While in the scissor lift, the manager received an electrical shock; the power source to the crane is rated at 600 volts. The manager was taken to hospital but died from the injury.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a Konecranes Canada Inc. worker did not follow the energy isolation and verification procedures set out in the Konecranes safety manual.

That was contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which states that an employer shall take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.

Konecranes Canada Inc. was fined $125,000 by Justice of the Peace Karen Walker in Newmarket court on February 3, 2017.

The court also 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.