Worker killed by truck, company fined

by MM&D Online Staff

BRAMPTON, Ontario—Dream Party Decor of Mississauga pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 for the death of a temporary worker struck by a truck at a loading dock.

On March 22, 2014 the company, which is in the business of setting up decorations and amenities at rental halls, had a temporary worker helping unload a truck at the loading dock of the company facility at 1415 Bonhill Road.

The truck driver did not have a clear and unobstructed view behind the truck towards the loading dock and there was no signal person present. The truck reversed, struck the worker and pinned the worker between the truck and the loading dock edge. The worker suffered fatal injuries as a result of being struck.

Dream Party Decor was convicted of failing to comply with section 56 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation, which requires a signaller to be present when the operator of a vehicle does not have a clear view of the vehicle’s path when reversing.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace V. Albert Chang Alloy in Brampton court on July 5, 2016.

In addition to the fine, the court 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.