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Skyjack fined $45k in worker injury

Employee fell seven feet to ground, suffered critical injuries

October 10, 2019

GUELPH, Ont. – Skyjack Inc., based in Guelph, Ontario, was fined $45,000 after pleading guilty in the case of a worker who suffered a critical injury after falling from a boom truck in August 2018. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

Skyjack is a manufacturer of elevated material handling equipment such as boom trucks and scissor lifts.

On August 22, 2018, a worker for Skyjack Inc. was removing a flange pin from the boom of a Skyjack boom truck at the company’s Woodlawn Road location. The worker was in a kneeling position on top of the cowling, and about seven feet above ground level.

The cowling is made of smooth fiberglass and slopes toward the boom, and is only 21 inches wide.

The worker was using pry bars to release the flange pin when the pin gave way, causing the worker to fall backwards off the cowling. The worker suffered critical injuries.

Skyjack as an employer neither provided a suitable and safe platform upon which the worker could carry out the work nor did it take other measures to protect the worker from the danger of falling.

The defendant did not take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances, contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.