February 23, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Cost of an Accident – Edmonton Company Fined $150,000 After Accident

International Cooling Tower pleaded guilty to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a July 2005 accident. An apprentice carpenter fell through an uncovered opening in platform and suffering serious spinal injuries that left him paralyzed.

A Labour Ministry investigation found the worker was wearing a full-body harness with a single lanyard that wasn’t attached to a fixed support or lifeline. The ministry’s also found the worker was unaware of the opening because lighting was inadequate and that the worker was inadequately trained in safety procedures.

The Labour Ministry has finally fined the company $150,000.

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