Tag | EFCO – lack of engineering
Excerpt from the Government of Ontarioâ€™s â€˜Newsroomâ€™
EFCO Canada Co., a supplier of steel form products and services, was fined $125,000 on November 26, 2010, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that caused workers to be injured. James McGerrigle, a professional engineer with the company, was fined $10,000 in relation to the same incident.
A Nova Scotia maker of steel forms, used in construction, was fined $45,000 on August 21, 2009, for a violation of the Occupational Health & Safety (OHSA) In March 2008. A constructor was building an intake line from the Welland Canal to the Thorold Cogeneration power site. To do this, they needed to install a cofferdam, a structure built below water level that serves as a dry workplace. EFCO designed and provided the parts for the cofferdam. On March 28, 2008, the constructor had installed the cofferdam and was removing the water inside it when the cofferdam failed. No workers were hurt.
An investigation found that the cofferdam failed because certain bolts had not been supplied and installed as required. EFCO Canada Co., pleaded guilty under the OSHA to failing to take the reasonable precaution of providing the bolts necessary to secure the water plate girders in the cofferdam. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to special provincial fund to assist victims of crime.