Court Bulletin - County of Lambton fined $135,000 after death of worker

    SARNIA, ON, July 9 /CNW/ - The County of Lambton pleaded guilty and was
fined $135,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, July 7, 2008, in connection
with the death of a county worker.
    Justice of the Peace Sidney Ponson heard that on July 21, 2006, the
worker, employed by the county's public works department, was electrocuted
after coming into contact with wet sand and an electrically charged dump truck
he was working with. Workers were laying gravel along the shoulder of Petrolia
Line in Brooke-Alvinton Township. The worker was atop a spreader unit. An
adjacent, sub-contracted dump truck had raised its box and was dumping wet
sand when the top of the box touched live overhead electrical wires. Unaware
of the danger, the public works employee stepped off the spreader into the wet
sand pouring out of the now electrically charged dump truck and was
    The Corporation of the County of Lambton pleaded guilty, as a
constructor, to failing to ensure that a signaller was provided and stationed
at all times to warn of overhead wire contact, contrary to section 188(8) of
Ontario regulation 213/91 and section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The
surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.


                       Court Information at a Glance

    Location:        Ontario Court of Justice
                     Sarnia, Ontario

    Judge:           Justice of the Peace Sidney Ponson

    Date:            July 7, 2008

    Defendants:      Corporation of the County of Lambton

    Matter:          Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:   David McCaskil


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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)

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