In June of 2014 a worker, employed by 1256458 Ontario Limited (part of the Collavino Group), was killed while performing structural concrete work on a roadway leading to the proposed international crossing between Windsor and Detroit. The crew was installing and removing pre-manufactured steel concrete formwork panels used to form and hold concrete in place until the concrete has cured.
When the concrete had cured the tie rods were removed by removing the last nuts by hand. When the second last panel was hoisted, the last panel (approx. 2,800 pounds) separated from the wall and fell onto the worker. It was discovered that the last tie rod on the final panel had already been removed. During the investigation it was learned that although training had been provided through site supervision, the workers could not describe a specific or constant number of tie rods used to hold the panels during removal.
While the manufacturer’s manual for installation and removal of the panels specified that the final tie rods should not be removed before the panel was attached to the crane, the manual did not specify the number of tie rods to remain, the instructions were not on site, and the workers had not been trained on the manual.
The court, on September 17, 2015, found that the company failed to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker with respect to the safe removal of steel formwork, contrary to Section 25(2) (c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.