Port Weller Drydocks fined $175,000 after worker killed

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Port Weller Drydocks (a division of
Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd.) a company that built and repaired
ships, was fined $175,000 on February 2, 2009, for a violation under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a worker was killed.
    On March 13, 2007, a crane operator, working for Port Weller Drydocks on
Lakeshore Road East in St. Catharines, was using a crane to load a partially
completed ship's hull onto another ship. The crane toppled and its cab was
crushed against the concrete wall of the drydock. The crane operator died as a
result of injuries sustained in the incident.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the crane was overloaded at
a certain load radius point, and this was the root cause of the collapse. The
crane was equipped with a load status indicator to warn operators if the load
radius rating of the crane was exceeded. The investigation found that there
were no records of any calibration test being performed on the load radius
indicator for approximately 17 months before the accident.
    Port Weller Drydocks pleaded guilty under the OHSA of failing to ensure
that the load radius indicator on the crane was maintained in good condition.
    The fine was imposed by Justice J. Nadel. In addition to the fine, the
court also 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
                         59 Church Road
                         St. Catharines, Ontario

        Judge:           Mr. Justice J. Nadel

        Date:            February 2, 2009

        Defendants:      Port Weller Drydocks (A Division of Canadian
                         Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd.)

        Matter:          Occupational Health and Safety Act

        Conviction:      OHSA section 25(1)(b)

        Crown Counsel:   David McCaskill


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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Rob Ashley, Ministry of Labour,
(416) 326-0925

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