Ontario Company Fined After Trench Collapse

CWC Systems Corp., a St. George, Ontario construction company, was fined $50,000 recently for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after two workers were endangered during an excavation.
On Oct. 23, 2008, the company was installing weeping tile and a waterproofing membrane system on a house on King's Hill Lane in Brantford. They had excavated around the perimeter of the house, down to the bottom of its foundation. Two workers were at the bottom of the excavation cleaning the house foundation when the trench collapsed. (WCxKit)
A Ministry of Labor investigation found that the company failed to take every reasonable precaution to prevent the collapse of the excavation wall while the workers were at the bottom of the trench.
After a trial, CWC Systems Corp. was found guilty of failing to ensure that the walls of the excavation were reinforced by a support system that complied with the OHSA. (WCxKit)
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Frank Squires. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25 percent 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.

Author Robert Elliott
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