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Powerline contact fatality costs Evans Lumber and Builders Supply

July 23, 2013 | By Anthony Capkun

July 23, 2013 – Evans Lumber and Builders Supply Ltd., a Sudbury, Ont., wood and lumber store, was fined $85,000 for two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was fatally injured.

In September 2009, a worker arrived in a delivery truck at 2091 Madison Avenue in Sudbury. The worker used a boom crane operated by remote control to unload the truck. During the course of unloading, the boom came into contact with an overhead powerline. The worker was electrocuted.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found there was no signaller to assist the worker.

Evans Lumber and Builders Supply Ltd. was convicted of failing to ensure no object was brought within the specified safe distance from an overhead electrical conductor, and that a competent worker designated as a signaller was in place to warn the operator should an object come within that specified distance.


The company was fined $40,000 on the first count and $45,000 on the second count. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge, which is credited to a provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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