Contractor & Home Owner Fined after Worker Is Hit by Drilling Attachment


At a residential construction site, a worker was injured after an improperly secured drilling attachment came off a Bobcat and hit him. The contractor pleaded guilty to violating The OHS Act by failing to instruct a worker to keep a safe distance from a piece of power mobile equipment operated by an untrained operator. The court fined him $4,200. The homeowner, who was operating the Bobcat at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure all work at a place of employment was sufficiently and competently supervised and was also fined $4,200 [George Therres of Therres Construction  and Gary Hoppe, Govt. News Release, May 1, 2012].