Supervisor Fined $15,000 for Foreman’s Death


A foreman directed a worker to put a concrete formwork panel into place. The worker used a crane to move the panel. But as it was being set down, it shifted and came free of its rigging, falling onto the foreman and killing him. An MOL investigation found that the panel could have been rigged to the crane in a more stable fashion and that a supervisor had disturbed the scene before the police arrived. The concrete company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the panel was safely moved and was fined $95,000. The supervisor pleaded guilty to the same offense as well as disturbing the scene of a workplace incident before being given permission by an inspector. He was fined $15,000 [Able Concrete and Bryan Cher, Govt. News Release, Feb. 9, 2011].