Great Northern Insulation, a company based in Woodstock, has been fined $125,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was run over by a truck that was not properly immobilized.
The company has been charged with failing to take reasonable precautions in the circumstances for the protection of a worker from the hazard of being struck by a moving vehicle while trying to install tire chains.
On the morning of November 23, 2018, an employee working out of the company's Gravenhurst location left a worksite in Magnetawan with a co-worker.
According to officials, the incident happened after the pair left the worksite because there was no room to park their truck, so they were headed to another job site.
The victim, 24-year-old Devin Gilpin from Huntsville, was in the process of turning around at an intersection in Magnetewan when the slippery road conditions convinced the workers that they needed to install tire chains.
While the two employees were installing chains on the front, driver-side tire, it was determined the truck started rolling and sliding forward because it had not been properly immobilized.
As a result, one employee was run over and killed before the truck came to a stop in a snowbank.
Following a guilty plea, Justice of the Peace J. McMahon, sitting in Provincial Offences Court in Parry Sound, fined the company on Feb. 25.
The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.