Grocer Fined $350,000 for Worker’s Fatal Fall Through Drop Ceiling

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A young grocery store worker was helping to clear materials from the top of a cooler beside the meat department, which was covered by a drop ceiling that wasn’t meant to be weight-bearing. The worker stepped onto the drop ceiling to remove a box and fell through, suffering a fatal head injury. An MOL investigation found that there was no guardrail separating the drop ceiling from the area above the cooler. The grocer pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a guardrail was in place to prevent workers from accessing the drop ceiling and was fined $350,000 [Metro Ontario Inc., Govt. News Release, March 9, 2011].