June 25, 2022

Workplace Fatality Results in $75,000 Fine for Trenton-based Company

Manoaka Developments, Inc., carrying on business as Dolphin Fiberglass Pools Canada, 15 Riverside Drive in Trenton, Ontario K8V 5P8, a company that manufactures fiberglass pools has been fined $75,000 after a fatal work place incident.

On September 29, 2020, a worker employed by Manoaka Developments, Inc., was performing duties in the outside storage yard of the main building of the company in Trenton. The worker was operating a motorized forklift.

The worker drove the forklift around a sharp 90-degree corner at a high rate of speed causing the forklift to tip over which resulted in a fatal injury.

An investigation by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development determined that the worker was not wearing restraining equipment (a seat belt) when the incident occurred.

Manoaka Developments, Inc. plead guilty to committing the offence of failing to provide information and/or instruction and/or supervision to the worker regarding the safe operation of a forklift, including the use of restraining equipment such as a seat belt, in contravention of section 27(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O., 1990, c.O.1, as amended.

Following a guilty plea in Provincial Offenses Act Court, Belleville, Manoaka Developments, Inc., was fined $75,000 by Justice of the Peace Deanne Chappelle; Crown Counsel, Giuseppe Ferraro on October 29, 2021.

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