Ottawa excavation company fined $125k after worker death
Man electrocuted while installing new hydro poles in March 2012
An Ottawa excavation company has been fined $125,000 after one of their workers was killed on the job last year.
An employee of Digsafe Inc. was working for a subcontractor along with two others to install new hydro poles on Moodie Drive on March 22, 2012.
A news release said the three workers were digging a hole when the boom of the vehicle they were using came within three metres of an energized power line 20 feet above them.
All three workers received electrical shocks, with the Digsafe employee later dying in hospital.
The two other workers were taken to hospital and did not suffer permanent physical injuries, according to the Ontario government’s release.
Digsafe pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the vehicle’s boom was not brought within three metres of the energized power line.
The charge and fine came under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
There was also a 25 per cent victim surcharge fine, as required by provincial law, to go toward a fund for victims of crime.