The Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that electricity distributor Waterloo North Hydro Inc. was fined $110,000 by Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to an incident in which a worker was badly burned due to an arc flash.
The utility pleaded guilty in an Ontario Court of Justice to failing to establish and implement an adequate job plan prior to installing and energizing the transformers.
“A job plan would have identified all known hazards and implemented controls for each hazard to protect workers from injury,” the Ministry of Labour stated.
The fine was imposed Monday by Justice of the Peace Ruth Legate Exon. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge to be credited to a government fund intended to help victims of crime.