After a trial in the Provincial Offences Court at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia, Sterling Crane Division of Procrane Inc., was convicted of violations of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act, resulting in penalties of $120,000 as a result of an incident in which a worker was struck by part of a crane and suffered permanent injuries.
The accident happened at the Sterling Crane yard located in Corunna, Ontario on May 7, 2012. However, the day before the accident, two workers for Sterling Crane stowed a jib alongside the boom of an 1100 National Crane, which is a boom-type truck owned by Sterling Crane. On the day of the accident, a Sterling Crane employee was operating this boom truck at the Imperial Oil Sun Junction station in Sarnia, Ontario. As he was in the driver’s station attempting to lift the boom of the crane, the jib that had been attached to the crane’s boom the day before fell and struck a worker, who suffered critical injuries that have since become permanent injuries.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour conducted an investigation and determined that the jib had not been stored properly and had created a hazard. They subsequently charged Sterling Crane with failing to provide information, instruction and/or supervision to its workers to ensure that the jib was stowed on the boom properly and in accordance with the operating manual issued by the manufacturer. That is a violation of OHS rules. After the trial, a fine of $120,000 was slapped on Sterling Crane by Justice of the Peace Susan Whelan, who also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. That means this violation will cost this company a total of $150,000, simply because they failed to train workers to follow instructions.