Stacey Electric fined 150,000 after worker killed
By Anthony Capkun
November 21, 2012 – Stacey Electric Co. Ltd. (Toronto, Ont.) was fined $150,000 for violations of the Occupational Health & Safety Act after one worker was killed and another worker was injured.
In December 2010, two Stacey Electric workers were repairing a broken beacon at a railway underpass on Bathurst Street near Dupont Street in Toronto. The beacon was on a cement median between four lanes of traffic. One worker was in the bucket of a boom truck that had been extended over a lane of traffic next to the median. The other worker was standing on the median assisting the worker in the bucket.
While the workers were repairing the beacon, a bus struck the boom attached to the bucket. The worker on the median was struck and killed by the bus and the bucket as it fell to the ground. The other worker was also injured.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there were no traffic control measures, such as signs or traffic cones, in place during the repair operation.
Stacey pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable precaution toward ensuring their workers prepare a traffic protection plan. 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.