Lafarge Canada Inc. fined

Lafarge Canada Inc. fined
Published: 21 January 2010

Lafarge Canada Inc pleaded guilty to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that caused the death of a worker.  The company was fined $350,000.

On August 27, 2008, workers at the company’s cement plant in Ernestown were lining the inside of a kiln with new bricks.  While installing bricks on the ceiling of the kiln, workers advanced the rig along the sloping kiln floor and they had to adjust its legs to keep the work platform level.  As the rig was being adjusted, its platform lurched forward. The workers who had been on the platform fell, as did the rig’s arch.  The arch landed on one of the workers, fatally crushing him.

Lafarge Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring no worker was on the platform of the rig as it was being moved or adjusted.