Linwood company fined $150K after child crushed and killed by steel tubing

J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc. of Linwood has been fined $150,000 after a child died in a facility in July 2017. The Ontario Ministry of Labour says a stack of steel tubing fell on the child, who died instantly.

Steel tubing stack fell on child who was walking around facility unaccompanied, report says

J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc. of Linwood has been fined $150,000 after a child died in its facility on Lichty Road on July 6, 2017. (Google StreetView)

A steel tubing manufacturer in Linwood has been fined $150,000 after bundles of steel tubing fell on and killed a child in July 2017.

The child was in a facility owned by J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc., located on Lichty Road in Linwood in Wellesley township, said a decision released by the Ontario Ministry of Labour on Tuesday.

On July 6, 2017, the child was with another child and a company employee. One of the children was moving around unaccompanied through the facility, the report said.

At the same time, a worker was using a crane to place three bundles of steel tubing on top of a stack of similar bundles. Each bundle weighed approximately 970 kg (2,140 lbs). The total weight of the stack was 15 tonnes.

"The stack of bundles dropped and collapsed. The stack fell onto the child who had been moving about and the child was killed instantly. The other child was far enough away as not to be harmed," the report said.

A Ministry of Labour engineer conducted an investigation and determined the number of softwood spacers between the bundles and the use of an insufficient number of bands to hold the tubes together contributed to the collapse.

Company officials pleaded guilty and were fined $150,000 in a Kitchener courtroom Tuesday, plus a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.

The $150,000 was broken down: $100,000 for imposed for permitting a person under the age of 15 to be in a factory and $50,000 for failing to ensure that bundles of steel tubing were placed and/or stored in a manner so it couldn't tip, collapse and/or fall.