Construction Company Fined $25,000 for Crushing of Subcontractor’s Worker

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At a construction site, a worker for a subcontractor hit a railing with a boom, causing the railing to fall six floors and land on another subcontractor’s worker. It knocked him unconscious and caused serious injuries, including a collapsed lung, broken jaw and fractured spine. The construction company for the job pleaded guilty to two OHS violations, including failing to clearly mark an area with barriers or warning devices. The court fined it $25,000 as recommended by both the defence and Crown [Manshield Construction, Govt. News Release, March 31, 2014].